Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs – God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise

Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs - God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise

Cover for God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise by Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs

Admittedly, my ability to write a review for a truly folk record is probably beyond my capabilities since folk music tends to be very organic and my knowledge of music isn’t but being someone that has and does enjoy a folk and light-rock record, I figured I’d give it a shot with a CD I’d been sitting on for the last couple of months. I gave it a few listens back in September and I gave it another listen again this week.

Ray LaMontagne has the ability to sing in a very soothing way or can evoke enough rasp to slice through a wall. This album presents those two sides of him. The raspy side comes on the title track God Willin’ And The Creek Don’t Rise while the soothing side on the not-so-subtle New York City’s Killing Me. The highlight of the album comes with For The Summer, a song about the desire to take a break from the busy life and just slow down to enjoy the simple things. I imagine Like Rock & Roll And Radio would be best heard in a small bar with the only sound coming from Ray, his guitar and the occasional whisper for a rum and coke.

While not a record I’d play on the road, like I tend to enjoy some folk, God Willin’ is a nice soulfully folk record. Three stars

Tracklisting
1. Repo Man
2. New York City’s Killing Me
3. God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise
4. Bed 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

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