SmartSellTM - The New Way to Sell Online

New Zealand's Lowest Prices. Guaranteed

God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise [Digipak]
By

Rating
Album: God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Repo Man
2)    New York City's Killing Me
3)    God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise
4)    Beg Steal or Borrow
5)    Are We Really Through
6)    This Love Is Over
7)    Old Before Your Time
8)    For the Summer
9)    Like Rock & Roll and Radio
10)    Devil's in the Jukebox, The
 

Album: God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Repo Man
2)    New York City's Killing Me
3)    God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise
4)    Beg Steal or Borrow
5)    Are We Really Through
6)    This Love Is Over
7)    Old Before Your Time
8)    For the Summer
9)    Like Rock & Roll and Radio
10)    Devil's in the Jukebox, The
 
Product Description
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Ryan Freeland.
  • Recording information: The Big Room At Apple Hill (03/15/2010-03/28/2010).
  • Photographers: Tobias Lamontagne; Sarah Sousa; Jay Bellerose.
  • It's ironic that the first Ray LaMontagne album to list a band's name on the cover is also his first solo flight. God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise is his fourth full-length, but it is the first without producer Ethan Johns -- LaMontagne helmed the session at his home studio and it is mostly a loose, laid-back affair with a couple of exceptions. The Pariah Dogs -- bassist Jennifer Condos, guitarists Eric Heywood and Greg Leisz, and drummer Jay Bellerose -- have recorded and/or toured with him previously. The opener, "Repo Man," is the album's wild card. Introduced by a popping upright bassline, it's a gritty funk number that's totally out of place with the rest of what's here. Bellerose plays tight breaks, the guitars roil and coil, and LaMontagne's protagonist indicts a former lover, spitting out lyrics in a grainy, swaggering growl. The album changes direction abruptly on "New York Is Killing Me." It's a sad country song whose title reveals a longing for somewhere else as Leisz's pedal steel guitar twins with LaMontagne's world-weary voice. The title track is a love letter from a cattle driver to his beloved back at home. Bellerose's deeply tuned snare and tom-toms are balanced by two pedal steels underscoring the otherworldly loneliness in the grain of LaMontagne's voice. "Beg Steal or Borrow" is a midtempo shuffle that exhorts a younger man to just go; to fulfill his dreams at any cost. Two broken love songs -- "Are We Really Through" and "This Love Is Over" -- seem to echo the sentiments in "Repo Man," albeit far more gently. Both are skeletal and moody; the latter touches on the soul balladry LaMontagne's known for, but with a jazzy touch in the guitars. It's the best cut here. "Old Before Your Time" is the brother to "Beg Steal or Borrow": it reveals the consequences -- perhaps to the man in the mirror -- if the admonitions in the previous tune are not adhered to. "For the Summer" feels like loosely composed filler. The overly long "Like Rock and Roll Radio" stretches a metaphor to its breaking point and a tired beyond. "Devil's in the Jukebox," an uptempo country stomper adorned with reverbed snare, kick drum, LaMontagne's wailing harmonica, and Leisz's resonator slide guitar and mandola, redeems the album somewhat at its close. God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise is a mixed bag. There's fine stuff here to be sure, but as a whole, it feels unbalanced; too much of one sound makes it drag a bit. Given that this is his debut as a producer, it's not unexpected; but after his previous trio of fine recordings, this one feels anticlimactic. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Spin - 3.5 out of 5 stars -- "[The album] maintains a brokenhearted downer elegance, similar to Neil Young at his most somber and sepia-toned, sung in a beautiful wail that Van Morrison might envy."

Entertainment Weekly (p.125) - "'Repo Man' plays it loose and frisky from the get-go, a soul-shuffle that gets LaMontagne all riled up." -- Grade: B-

Mojo (Publisher) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] work of simple power; a record that has survived the perilous road to permanency with all of its emotive qualities intact."

Uncut (magazine) - "[T]his is a triumphant return to core values, one that delves deeper into the rough hewn country-blues of TROUBLE and where the rasping harmonica on 'For The Summer' constitutes a major sonic augmentation."
Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise [Digipak] on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond.com, Inc.
Back to top