Sunday, May 11, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY - RAY LAMONTAGNE - SUPERNOVA
There's an Auerbach haze over the whole thing, keeping some songs mysterious, others more upbeat, which feels like the sun poking through. The title cut is the most straight-ahead pop-rocker, with a big chorus, hand-claps and a glorious, positive message, "You're a blazing star, yea that's what you are." Pick Up A Gun is weary, dreamy, slightly murky like over-saturated tape, back when they only had four tracks and kept overdubbing and bouncing down generations. Smashing is the set's biggest head trip, with its I Am The Walrus feel over multiple sections. Closing cut Drive-In Movies sees him move into country rock territory, with lots of pedal steel, and wouldn't sound out of place on a Sadies album. It's the widest, and weirdest range of songs Lamontagne has yet recorded, and all the better for it.