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I was debating this with a friend after seeing Rocket Man again: What’s more important, the music or the lyrics? Would Elton John have been such a smash hit if Bernie Taupin weren’t writing for him? Ray Lamontagne‘s new album is a perfect example of this. He is absolutely at his best when his lyrics are just smashing you in the heart. Here, like his last few albums, there are a lot of lyrical misses. Just too straightforward and obvious. Don’t ever tell me that you feel down and out. Tell me a story instead. He’s simply “telling it” too much these days. That said, such a beautiful voice as always, and some sweet songs herein nonetheless.
It’s pleasant music, I guess. It sounds incredibly similar to my parents’ old John Denver records. But in my view, it lacks a bit of Ray’s soulful lyrics and energy from his previous efforts.
This man is a musical genius who has been on his own musical journey, much respect to you Ray for taking that road most fear. Love the new album. This is not a welcome back, this is a thank you for sticking around and still blessing our ears and emotions with your journey and ours...
My favorite record of the year by far. Wonderful songs. A beautiful mix of uptempo toe tappers and atmospherics. Fantastic performances. Most importantly, not a political word or virtue signaling anywhere. This is an uplifting record about love and perseverance. A true breath of fresh air.
It's all here! Ray's sensual voice, his rich, gorgeous lyrics, and those beautiul melodies, that just flow, oh so gently into our souls; like that sweet honey that we all crave. Can you tell that I love this man and his music? This is just one more of his albums to add to an ever-growing collection of perfection from Ray! Go find a quiet place, turn on this album, and just take it all in... enjoy. Then, go to Youtube to check out the videos for these songs. Ray's son Tobias is a budding videographer, and he has created some very artistic, beautifully made videos. Each of them accompany Ray's music perfectly. They make a great team. You won't be disappointed.