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RAY LAMONTAGNE AND THE PARIAH DOGS
GOD WILLIN’ & THE CREEK DON’T RISE

“There’s something magical that happens when these musicians play together,” says Ray LaMontagne. “I’ve been wanting to capture what we’ve been doing live for a while. The chemistry is really special.”

The billing on LaMontagne’s fourth album, God ... Read more in Amazon's Ray LaMontagne Store

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  • Audio CD (5 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00ITAQ4DA
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lavender
2. Airwaves
3. She's the One
4. Pick Up a Gun
5. Julia
6. No Other Way
7. Supernova
8. Ojai
9. Smashing
10. Drive-in Movies

Product Description

Fifth studio album by the American singer/songwriter. Featuring the tracks 'Airwaves', 'Pick Up a Gun' and the title track 'Supernova', the album debuted at #18 in the UK Albums Chart.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had been looking forward to this release for a while. Ray LaMontagne has yet to make an album that I haven't enjoyed and his previous releases have ranged from very good to brilliant, with those very special moments of soul-destroying emotion which make him such an essential artist. Learning that he was making his fifth album with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) was a tantalising prospect, especially as it was very difficult, if nigh impossible, to visualise what that collaboration was going to produce. As it turns out, the end result sounds a little underwhelming at first as, while this album definitely sounds rather beautiful, many of Ray's songs, given such a glossy sheen, lack a certain emotive quality that his music has overflown with before. That's not to say this is a bad album and, when you get to know the material a little more and are able alter your perception, it's much more than merely listenable and is, in fact, a rather delightful experience, but compared with earlier LaMontagne albums (especially the first and second), it just seems a little... well, light and infeasibly happy. Still, to give "Supernova" a fair hearing, you really need to disregard what you know about Ray LaMontagne's career so far and attempt to listen with a fresh pair of ears. Not easy, I know, but taking this album on its own merits instead of comparing it with his previous work is the best way to actually enjoy it.

So, if you are able to suspend your expectations, there are more than a handful of songs to really love here and, pleasingly, not a single duff track.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Willis on 9 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
I took a bit of stick around the time of 'God Willin...' for daring to suggest that maybe Ray Lamontagne was becoming somewhat predictable. It seems that he come to that conclusion himself. The choice of Dan Auerbach as producer is inspired, for if Ethan Johns(still a genius) mainly dealt in earthy tones and textures when it came to Ray's earlier albums, then Auerbach's palette in comparison is kaleidoscopic! In fairness, at its core, 'Supernova' is still Ray and his acoustic guitar. The psychedelic influence across the album makes for something different, as on opening song 'Lavender', which would be right at home on Love's 'Forever Changes'. All in all, it's a good album, and credit where it's due to Ray Lamontagne for the (slight) change of direction.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Rather than bring out another album of rather fine Americana Ray Lamontagne has decided to revisit the late 60s vibe San Francisco style with an album of whispery vocals, farfisa organ, washes of strings and gently psychedelic guitar parts. That is what I call a departure and at first I have to say it didn't click with me. However on second and subsequent listens, the melodic structures have revealed themselves and I'm really quite enjoying it now. This album may not please all fans of Ray's previous work, especially the Pariah Dogs stuff, but I say give it a chance and applaud an artist trying something different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 July 2014
Format: Audio CD
Since 2004, Ray LaMontagne has released a series of 4 fine albums that had a simple Americana style. Within that he managed to produce some really beautiful music and great songs, while also experimenting with the form, growing as an artist and on each subsequent release making more and more complex music with different tones and colourings that still engages the listener.

With his fifth release, 2014’s Supernova, he has somehow managed to change direction completely while still doing similar things to his previous albums. The album is heavily influenced by the West Coast sound, with an impressive production (by Dan Auerbach, of Black Keys fame, who recently produced the Dr John classic Lockdown) that gives us lots of hippie, happy strings and organs swirling and swooshing around but supporting Ray’s distinctive voice and lyrics. It’s lusher, richer, bigger sounding than previous releases, but the centrepiece is still Ray, his guitar, voice and lyrics as with previous albums. It’s a bit more upbeat than I was expecting, but it really works. This is an artist who continues to grow, explore new directions and new sounds and produce great lyrics. Great stuff, 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Pryor on 4 Jun. 2014
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I've been a fan of Ray LaMontagne since 'Trouble' and given the very high quality of pretty much everything he's done since, it would take something pretty special to top his previous work, but I think he has. Each of his albums has had a different flavour, this one having something of a West Coast, psychedelic sound to it. However, the quality of the songwriting is as good as always, if not better, with some real gems on here. I'll be playing this a lot over the summer, ideally while driving on a sunny day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 May 2014
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It's a 'change of direction'.

Shares some of its DNA with Syd Barrett's work.

Nothing challenging here, just charming.

Run, run! The hippies are coming!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Hamilton on 11 May 2014
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As the others have mentioned, this is somewhat of a departure for Ray. It's a little cheesy actually but not in a bad way. For the most part, it is a collection of jolly songs with a little bit of a rock edge to them strangely. Psychedelic, not sure, but I see what they are getting at. He certainly seems to be a lot cheerier these days when compared to the very melancholy Till the Sun Turns Black, which happens to be my favourite of his albums. I would say, give it a go. It is different but it is starting to grow on me. Side B is more successful but it is still a solid album overall. Not to everyone's tastes though I would think.
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