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Ray lamontagne and the pariah dogs ''god willin' and the creek don't rise'' (usa, 2010) @ [183k vbr]

31/01/2011 01:21 0 Comentarios Lectura: ( palabras)

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RAY LAMONTAGNE AND THE PARIAH DOGS 

''GOD WILLIN' AND THE CREEK DON'T RISE''

(USA, 2010)  @

Cuarto trabajo del cantautor de la voz rasgada más dulce de la última década, y el primero que firma junto a la que es su banda de acompañamiento los Pariah Dogs. Una forma de reconocer la inestimable labor de unos músicos excelentes (muy especialmente Greg Leisz, un maestro de la pedal steel con un curriculum más largo que el papiro de la Biblia) que han dejado plena constancia de su categoría, logrando una elegancia sonora reservada solo a los escogidos.

imagePor eso este disco se disfruta no solo por las canciones que atesora, también por la perfecta ejecución de las mismas. Y eso pese a no contar por primera vez con la mano maestra de Ethan Jones en las tareas de producción. Labores de las que se ha encargado el propio LaMontagne con el acierto de no asumir ningún riesgo, solo había que dejarlo rodar. Porque si hay que ponerle una pega a este disco, es quizás lo excesivamente clásico de todo lo que le envuelve. No quiere ni busca ser novedoso. No busca ni quiere una modernidad que no le concierne.

Son diez canciones de una sencillez clásica, aupadas por esa forma de cantar que recuerda al arrullo de un riachuelo que pasa de la calma. al rápido y de este a la cascada. Canciones como "Are We Really Through" recuerdan al primer Ben Harper, el himno "New York City's Killing Me" a Van Morrison, "Like Rock And Roll And Radio" al Neil Young de Harvest Moon, "Devil's In The Jukebox" a un Ry Cooder ronco, y así hasta completar un álbum que no desentonará nada al lado de tus clásicos.

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Ray LaMontagne may be dismissed as the kind of musician relegated to warm, fuzzy television dramas, but there's much more to the husky-voiced singer-songwriter. On his fourth studio album, God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise, he's joined by his terrific band The Pariah Dogs: Jay Bellarose on drums, Jennifer Condos on bass, Patrick Warren on keys, Eric Heywood on guitar and Greg Leisz on steel guitar. The album was recorded in LaMontagne's woodsy home in western Massachusetts, which helps lend that rural sound which runs through all of his records.

Whereas 2008's Gossip in the Grainwas a more expansive release, God Willin' exists in a more compact musical space. As the album's title suggests, it's a country-tinged record complete with slide guitar and the occasional banjo. The songs conjure images of a simple life of hammock naps and skillet-cooked breakfasts within a universe devoid of cell phones, laptops and televisions. The only interruption to his scene of melancholy serenity occurs in the first track, "Repo Man, " which kicks off the album with an aggressive guitar riff and accusatory lyrics. The rest of the album operates at a much slower pace, though, wandering from regret to occasional contentment.

imageWith God Willin', LaMontagne continues to churn out soulful tunes that relentlessly tug at the heart strings. He isn't covering new territory, but his music is no less satisfying for its familiarity. For example, in "New York City's Killing Me, " he laments the sterility of urban living, singing, "I was just kicking along the sidewalk / No one looks you in the eyes / No one asks you how you're doing / Don't seem to care if you live or if you die."

LaMontagne reins in his characteristic raspiness on God Willin'. It's still very much present, but he rarely belts the notes as on previous records. Instead, he favors clarity and a smoother delivery, as evidenced by the contemplative "Old Before Your Time."

01. Repo Man 02. New York City's Killing Me 03. God Willin' And The Creek Don't Rise 04. Beg Steal Or Borrow 05. Are We Really Through 06. This Love Is Over 07. Old Before Your Time 08. For The Summer 09. Like Rock 'n' Roll And Radio 10. Devil's In The Jukebox


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