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This review is from: God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise (Audio CD)
I stumbled across RLM on BBC4 Songwriters' Circle in late 2010. His solo acoustic rendition of "Beg Steal or Borrow" completely stole the show from David Gray and KT Tunstall, both fine performers themselves. Equally by chance I caught his Southbank Centre concert last week (21/2/11). This man and his band, The Pariah Dogs, are brilliant. I immediately bought all 4 of his albums and haven't had them off the machines since. Whilst each is full of good stuff it is clear that he has absolutely hit his stride with "God Willin'.." Inevitable comparisons with The Band, CSN, Little Feat etc and the influences are there, but Ray is his own man and the arrangements and lyrics are original and compelling. And that voice...Otis Redding? Joe Cocker? Paul Rodgers? Its just bloody marvelous. If one has to single out stand-outs mine would be the title track, Repo Man, BS or B, For the Summer (with its superb slide break). But in truth there's not a poor song to be found and I don't think its an exaggeration to rate this a classic album. Lets hope there's so much more to come from Ray La Montagne.