There is something about his gritty voice that just draws me in. Maybe part of it is the fact that he’s a bit of a recluse and not in the music industry for the fame and fortune of it all. I have thoroughly played out his last two CDs with Til the Sun Turns Black probably being my favorite. His voice is just haunting and the lyrics are meaningful and well thought out. This CD seems to be Ray stepping out of his comfort zone just a little bit; it is more upbeat than his past and it’s obvious in the first song, You Are the Best Thing – there are horns, sultry backup singers and it’s just so full of energy! But it still has the traditional characteristic of Ray LaMontagne, mainly that VOICE! Winter Birds is one of three on the album (A Falling Through and Gossip in the Grain being the others) that is pretty reminiscent of previous albums, with the lyrics written like a poem. I have to say, I don’t think I’ll care what Ray sings as long as I get to listen. His voice and talent rise above others in the music industry and I can’t wait to hear what he does next.
Ray LaMontagne: Gossip in the Grain