ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Supernova’ – Ray LaMontagne

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We’re so fortunate here at BestFan to consistently get our hands on good music and Supernova was no exception. This is Ray LaMontagne’s fifth studio album and being the music veteran he is, he took a few creative liberties – all appealing to the ear.

 

The album dropped on April 29 and was written and composed by LaMontagne himself – another mark of how much he truly excels in the craft of musical creation.  There is not a song on the album that sounds like another, making for a refreshing experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the songs were easy and understandable.  He’s always had this way of singing that allows for his raspy-but-honey-like voice to wash over a listener alongside the music, never behind or in front.

 

Notable songs were “Airwaves” and “Smashing” because I liked what he did with the songs, especially the echoed harmony in “Smashing” which created a very haunting effect in the song. In “Pick Up The Gun” there were imitation machine-gun sounds in the background, another interesting effect right at the beginning.

 

I must admit that it took a little bit to warm up to the album in its entirety. Perhaps it’s my perpetual state of being completely obsessed with his third album Gossip in the Grain, but I found that while Supernova was good, it lacked the emotional depth I found in songs like “Let It Be Me” and the happy emotional appeal in “You Are The Best Thing” from Gossip in the Grain (2009).  Then again, that was two albums ago, so I still happily listened to the album more than once (maybe five times) because it was that good.  The folk-rock genre associated with Ray LaMontagne was ever present and it’s a perfect easy-listening album for a rainy day or even a slow drive down an empty road.

 

 

You can listen to snippets of Supernova on iTunes, as well as buy it.

 

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