Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’

Youngsters will fail to see how LaMontagne carries out the lineage but it’s all there: the funkiness of Manassas, plaintiveness of Neil Young, textures of Richie Furay, sometimes self-consciousness of Janis Ian. Yeah, Janis Ian. Others are trying (Iron & Wine, Phosphorescent) but LaMontagne is succeeding. A very good record that withstands multiple listenings. If I were Robert Christgau, I’d give it an A-.