CD Review: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise [2010]

Band: Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs
Release: 8/2010
Label: RCA

1. “Repo Man” – C
2. “New York City’s Killing Me” – C-
3. “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise” – C-
4. “Beg Steal or Borrow” – C+
5. “Are We Really Through? – C-
6. “This Love Is Over” – C+
7. “Old Before Your Time” – C+
8. “For the Summer” – C-
9. “Like Rock & Roll” – C
10. “The Devil’s In The Jukebox” – C-

Comments: This guy. He’s the darling of today’s mainstream folk-pop community. A.K.A WERS Daytime. LaMontagne is bearable and — at times — good, but he hardly has any edge that differentiates him from (insert artist) that played at the (insert year) Newport Folk Festival. The problem with his music is that it’s not memorable. The title track ends before it begins! “Beg Steal” is pretty catchy, if not stereotypically structured. “All your friends in school/They used to be cool.” Yay, I can rhyme! At Ray’s best, he writes like Paul Weller. At his worst, he sounds like…oops, see my second sentence.

Grade: C- (73)

One thought on “CD Review: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise [2010]”

  1. I have infinite respect for Paul Weller…but you know didn’t invent country-folk, right? This is why you seriously can’t call yourself a music critic unless you know your history. Go on and on about how much you prefer the Black Lips to everyone else on the planet…it doesn’t even matter if you can’t name at least twenty Beatles songs…even if you don’t like those songs, if you can’t properly name Ray LaMontagne’s direct and indirect influences, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Oh, and by the way, even if you can’t appreciate the great amount of artistry in this album, you don’t have to blast LaMontagne for *not* trying WAY TOO HARD to be subversive…you know, like all your favorite artists.

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