12 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maine songwriter Ray LaMontagne's follow-up to his surprise 2004 hit album Trouble is an even quieter meditation. Again teaming with producer Ethan Johns, the duo approach things with the expected naturalist touch: acoustic guitars, gentle strings, quiet brushes sweeping the drums and a romantic daze over everything. Reminiscentof Cat Stevens in his calm solemnity, and Van Morrison in his husky tone, LaMontagne settles here for fewer vocal sprints, preferring mostly to whisper softly and let things resolveon their own. It's music that makes no attempt to reach out, but rather drawsyou in. The listener muststrain to hear the intimate conversation. The opening six minutes of "Be HereNow" set an ethereal vibethat is slightly augmented throughout the album mostly with tastefully applied strings. "Barfly" dissipates in the air, words collapsing in the heat of emotional intensity. "Three More Days" is virtually an all-out attack by comparison, a three-chord blues that builds to nearly a shout. LaMontagne is an old-fashioned guy, recording as if the three decades separating him from the early '70s milieu he evokes neverhappened, making Till the Sun Turns Black ananachronistic gem.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maine songwriter Ray LaMontagne's follow-up to his surprise 2004 hit album Trouble is an even quieter meditation. Again teaming with producer Ethan Johns, the duo approach things with the expected naturalist touch: acoustic guitars, gentle strings, quiet brushes sweeping the drums and a romantic daze over everything. Reminiscentof Cat Stevens in his calm solemnity, and Van Morrison in his husky tone, LaMontagne settles here for fewer vocal sprints, preferring mostly to whisper softly and let things resolveon their own. It's music that makes no attempt to reach out, but rather drawsyou in. The listener muststrain to hear the intimate conversation. The opening six minutes of "Be HereNow" set an ethereal vibethat is slightly augmented throughout the album mostly with tastefully applied strings. "Barfly" dissipates in the air, words collapsing in the heat of emotional intensity. "Three More Days" is virtually an all-out attack by comparison, a three-chord blues that builds to nearly a shout. LaMontagne is an old-fashioned guy, recording as if the three decades separating him from the early '70s milieu he evokes neverhappened, making Till the Sun Turns Black ananachronistic gem.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

tmo121 ,

Ray...you have a window into my soul.

Music you can feel.

john~david ,

I'm a little shocked no one has written anything about this album...so here Goes!

I am just discovering this guy as I crawl out from under the rock that has shielded me from most of the drudgery of pop culture as of late. This guy, and this album is a happy reminder that all is not lost in the wave of new music being created presently. Thankyou Ray. Good music, and a cool name to go with it.

music<3&Running ,

Simply Amazing

Be Here Now was in 27 Dresses! I've been looking for this song for seems like ages and have found it! He is simply amazing

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