Ray LaMontagne Should Have Made My 2010 List

As I said when I started writing it… I knew my Top 21 of 2010 list would omit a few albums that just got lost in the shuffle over the past year.  It turns out that one of those albums was God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise by Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs.  I’m not sure where it would have fit on the list, and I’m not going to go back and include it now.  I just think it’s a pretty darn fine record that deserves a mention here.

Why didn’t it make the list?  I always knew I liked it, but I just didn’t get to spend enough time with it to warrant its inclusion.  Once we put a few songs into rotation at WDVX, and I got a chance to sit with it a little more, I realized LaMontagne had turned in another strong effort filled with mellow country flavored tunes that are populated by banjos, steel guitars, and LaMontagne’s signature hushed vocal delivery.

Although this isn’t necessarily the best measure of artistic merit, the album is strong enough that it received three Grammy Nominations including Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) and Best Contemporary Folk Album.  LaMontagne even snagged a nom for Song of the Year for “Beg Steal or Borrow,” another one of those mellow, mid-tempo numbers.

Given the feel of the rest of the album, it may be odd that the song that grabs me the most is the one that’s a bit of a departure from the rest.  The album opening “Repo Man” is an extremely funky exercise that has LaMontagne excoriating an ex-lover as he emphatically tells her that he will not be taking her back.  The song is infectiously funky and has a way of worming its way deep into your brain.  It’s quickly moving up the ranks of my favorite songs from last year.

Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs: Repo Man (Buy Album)

One Response to “Ray LaMontagne Should Have Made My 2010 List”

  1. It is a fine album indeed, oddly beginning on a fast note and ending on one, with loads of slower stuff in between. More remarkably, it's nine the poorer for it.

    Did I miss something, or did Ryan Bingham fail to make your Top 21?

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