Gossip In The Grain
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Gossip In The Grain

October 14, 2008

Song Title
You Are the Best Thing
Let It Be Me
I Still Care for You
Winter Birds
Meg White
Hey Me, Hey Mama
Henry Nearly Killed Me (It's a Shame)
A Falling Through
Gossip in the Grain

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  • Original Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 44:45
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Are The Best Thing, Baby November 2, 2008
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Ray Lamontagne, is an enigma. His voice is breathy and rich and his trademark. His songwriting is brilliant at times. He is a genius at his craft. But, he is not reaching the masses. I found him, oh, several years ago with his first CD, 'Trouble' and his voice and lyrics stirred my soul.

"The Jesus-bearded troubadour is sort of a recluse. He doesn't enjoy doing interviews, refuses to make music videos, and hates reviews of his work--be they positive or negative. But for all the coffeehouse hacks trying to emulate Bob Dylan's verbosity and Van Morrison's impassioned croon, there's the soft-spoken Ray LaMontagne, singing his own wistful tunes without the weight of pretension and the hype of MTV." Joe Tacopina

This CD brings Ray Lamontagne to the fore. He is including a full orchestra. As he said in an interview, "It was time to open up a little bit more, not be quite so reserved in my choice of songs that I wanted to record." His choices in these ten songs are somewhat similar to his first two CD's but tell a story of their own. These songs are richer and more complete.

'You Are The Best Thing'-Best song of the ten and my favorite- backed-up by vocals and this is Ray at his best.

'Let It Be Me'- A traditional Ray song-showcasing his beautiful voice.

'Sarah'- One of the most beautifully written songs- many say he sounds like Nick Drake in this saga.

'I Still Care For You'-The big band background with Ray barely speaking.

'Winter Birds'- The poem like wording is exquisite. The best writing of his career.

'Meg White'- Such a complete sidestepping of his usual fare. Feet stomping good- a tribute to Meg White of the 'Stripes'- you either love it or hate it.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches your soul. October 15, 2008
By Kelly N
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I love Ray LaMontagne and I've been a fan of everything he's done, but Gossip in the Grain is so unique and personal...I was amazed! People who call the songs filler or mush are not able to appreciate the art of the composition and the poetry that are these lyrics. I agree that this is not Trouble, but why would you want it to be? That's been done already! He has grown and evolved into something even more beautiful on this album. Winter Birds could be published poetry as far as I'm concerned. And every song has a hint of a different style and a different time in the history of American music. Please buy this album and keep an open mind.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sold! New Fan. November 30, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Ray LaMontagne before Amazon's recommendation engine pointed out to me that people frequently bought Martin Sexton's "Solo" along with "Gossip in the Grain." I'm a huge fan of Martin Sexton since about a year ago, and looking for more amazing folk/rock music to experience.

So I sampled a few tracks before downloading mp3s for "You are the Best Thing" and "Let It Be Me." Repeated playings of these tracks quickly lead to buying the rest. (And then regretting not buying the physical CD.) Love the whole album, listening to it many times the past couple of days, and now waiting eagerly for his first two albums to be delivered.

The songs really move me. Emotional, honest, real. Ray's voice is superb. "I Still Care For You" didn't click right away, but I quickly grew to appreciate it along with the rest. I don't understand the hate for "Meg White" in other reviews -- it's another good tune and a nice change of pace. "Winter Birds" also good. Mellow, yet engaging. (I don't really know what that means.) All the tunes are awesome. So glad to have found this artist and that I have more to look forward to.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Ray Goodness October 15, 2008
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"Gossip In The Grain" builds off of both of Ray's older albums. It has the beautiful soulful simple vocals of "Trouble" combined with the amazing instrumentation of "Til The Sun Turns Black". In true Lamontagne style, Ray provides moving beautiful song after song on this album. He also experiments with a more traditional folk sound in tracks such as "Hey Me, Hey Mama". The song "You Are The Best Thing" will become an instant classic and go down as one of the all time greats. If you too have fallen in love with the moving soulful work of this modern master don't hesitate to buy this album. You will not be disappointed!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Musically, But Somehow Less Interesting October 14, 2008
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Sure, he's expanded his sound a bit on some of these songs, but I find the album as a whole really flat and sort of forgettable. There are a few stand-outs such as the single, You Are the Best Thing, the soulful Let It Be Me, and the back-country porch rocker Hey Me, Hey Mama. Other than those, everything seems to kind of blend together into a whispery mush.

I've heard a lot of Ray's live and rare material that hasn't been included on any of his studio albums and it just leaves me wondering, "Why?" A lot of it is better than anything Gossip In The Grain. Dig 'em out, shine 'em up, and record 'em, Ray. No more gimmicky songs about talentless female drummers please.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ting Tang Whada Whada Lamontagne! What?? Anyway... October 14, 2008
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Ok I see that some reviewers have given Ray an unfair rating on this album. One reviewer said that on some songs it sounded like Ray was channeling Ray Charles and Johny Cash, and acted like that was the highest point of this album. Now I get that Ray's voice is full of soul and he has been influenced by some of the past greats, and that tends to pull in some of the older audience. But when Ray doesn't give them that redundant bluesy/soul sound they get all pissey and call it filler and say they just don't get it. What they fail to realize is that Ray is an artist of his own time, and of course will "channel", if you may, some of his past influences, but in all is more of his own self. I have learned to love his first two albums equally as they are a part of a growing process of a true artist, and after giving this album a couple listens I already know that I will love this one just as much as the first two. If you are on the fence about buying this album and are thinking about passing just because some stubborn oldies didn'nt get "When A Man Loves A Women" (Although a fantastic song!!) 10 times. Wonder no more and purchase this songwriting genius' latest masterpiece!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
This album always makes me feel good. Aside from the rather blah Meg White song, all of these are hits.
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This is such a great album. It arrived quickly and it is great quality. I love how it sounds on my record player!
Published 3 months ago by Logan Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Ray- how sweet the sound!
Ray is not easily found in your mainstream shops. I have bought everyone of his CDs here on Amazon and have been extremely pleased. If you want soulful music, ray is it!!
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cd!
Love this guy. I would love to see him in concert live. I would definitely suggest the purchase of this cd and anyone of Ray LaMontagne's cd's. I have all of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't all music be like this?
Original, inspired, artistic, innovative... Just beautiful and emotionally touching. Ray LaMontagne is so inspired. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Daphinie Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This is a great product. I really enjoy listening to the cd. It came quickly in the mail. I have absolutely no complaints. I am very happy with my purchase.
Published 6 months ago by Erica Lavens
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Ray LaMontagne is just soulful and has a beautifully different tone. The album moves you, is fun and makes you feel good to know it exists.
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