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Monday, November 1, 2010

CD of the Week: Rustic, Rural Ray

Despite a co-credit with his touring band the Pariah Dogs,  Ray LaMontagne flies solo in the sense that he's left longtime producer Ethan Johns and produced God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise himself at his home studio in Western Massachusetts.

The gritty, seductive opener "Repo Man" teases with a naughty blues riff, but the rest of the album settles into a gentler groove.  Greg Leisz's pedal steel exudes warmth on "Beg, Steal or Borrow."

His shy, rural-image ever present, on "New York City's Killing Me," LaMontagne's voice marinates in such sweet, mystic tones that you too will want to surrender to the call of the wild.

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