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Fine, understated acoustic album from acclaimed New England singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne
Over time, Ray LaMontagne's raspy voice has softened somewhat. It takes centre stage on a newly released acoustic album he has made in his home studio.
The talented New Englander plays everything himself which lends a nice rustic feel to this record.
He channels Neil Young on 'We'll Make It Through' adding a nice bit of 'Midnight Cowboy'-style harmonica and Don McLean on 'Summer Clouds'. And he lets rip on 'Strong Enough', a country-rocker which was inspired by his tough upbringing and owes something to the style of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
But mostly LaMontagne keeps things mellow, multi-tracking his voice to recall the Everly Brothers on 'Weeping Willow' and Simon and Garfunkel on 'Morning Comes Wearing Diamonds'.
'Monovision' (on the Columbia label) is an album which should have wide appeal – and it reaffirms the breadth of talent and fine musicianship of Ray Lamontagne.
Roll Me Mama, Roll Me
I Was Born To Love You
We'll Make It Through
Misty Morning Rain
Rocky Mountain Healin'
Morning Comes Wearing Diamonds
Highway to the Sun