Good ol' Ray.....
By Music Heals...
Part of the Light
By wiffle ball legend
As a previous reviewer noted I appreciate his last album and his effort into exploring new sounds. I hope he does it again. But this is why I listen to Ray at this point in his career. Thanks Ray!!
Ray " the voice " LaMontagne
He , Ray arguably is in possesion of the most beautiful singing voice in music period ! Woman or man , this gentleman's voice and timing is unparalled by any other of our great singers... this record is worthy me thinks... Thanks Mr. LaMontagne with sincerety
Stick to the acoustic sound!
Saw Ray last night in St. Louis. Kept waiting and waiting for him to get to the stuff I like. Never happened. Pretty sure he played this entire album. I understand you are trying to sell a new album, but man, ya gotta mix some of your hits that got you there too. Way too much electric synthesized in your face sound on this one. He should stick to what he does best. His voice is so smooth but I couldnt hear his vocals half the time for all the other electric junk covering him up.
Little to be Desired
By Charmin TP
Definetly not his best album. So much reverb. Songs are long an drawn out. "It's always been you" is the absolute worst song on the album. Can I get my $10 back?
Ray's most versatile album
By Part of the Light
Part of the Light is Ray's most versatile album yet. It feels like a sampling of all of his major albums so far weaved into one. For those who are fans of his early work exclusively, that is bad news. But for those who have enjoyed the progression of his sound through Supernova and Ourboros, it is a delight.
For most songs on the album, there are aspects from all of his albums present in different degrees. For example, 'Such a Simple Thing' most clearly associates with his album 'Trouble,' but with some added twang and reverb. Then on the other hand you have songs like 'Paper Man' that would clearly associate with Ouroboros, yet with vocals more reminiscent of 'Till the Sun Turns Black.' On the whole, I consider this to be a good thing that presents a new experience. It is in some respects more than the sum of its parts, and nowhere is that more evident than in 'Goodbye Blue Sky.'
But there are other ways in which it is also less than the sum of its parts too. 'Trouble' and 'Ouroboros' each have a beauty of their own, and when they are mixed together, some of that beauty is lost--whether the reflective simplicity of his earlier work or the anxious release (Ray's intentional oxymoron) that is Ouroboros.
Finally a complex brilliantly considered album again from Ray Lamontagne and crew! Well done! Great for a cerebral moment. Thank you!
liked his country style better
Yeah whats with the reverb?
Huge Ray Lamontagne fan
By Captain America77
I love love love Ray Lamontagne but I don’t know what he is doing???? The last 3 albums minus about 3 songs have been meh... meh... it’s really sad because I love him and his music for the most part. “To the sea”, is the only great song on this album. “Paper man” and “Part of the light” are decent, but “To the sea” is the real Ray I know and love. The rest of the album is really overly melancholy and depressing.
More of the same
By John Jones
There will always be fans who want an artist to essentially release the same album over and over again, but I'm not one of them. If you're a Ray fan and also the kind of person who wants an artist to mostly stay in one creative place, you'll love this. As for myself, I'm going to revisit "Till the Sun Turns Black" and "Supernova" instead.