The seventh studio album from Ray LaMontagne, Part of the Light, is WNRN’s June 2018 Acoustic CD of the Month.
After working with a variety producers including Jim James, Dan Auerbach and Ethan Johns, Ray LaMontagne produces this one and blends what gave him the Grammy for God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise with inspiration from the Pink Floyd-like Ouroboros.
It should not come as a surprise for the fan that has listened to everything that LaMontagne has done (including the rocking Til the Sun Turns Black) that he would have an electric blues number like “As Black As Blood is Blue” included.
The centerpieces of the album are the single, “Such a Simple Thing” and “Let’s Make It Last.” Here you get to hear more of the vibe of Trouble and his Grammy awarding winning sound. Other standouts include “Paper Man” that has more of the sound and lyrical quality of something of Good-bye Yellow Brick Road era Elton John and shanty-ish “To the Sea.”