Part of the Light

Part of the Light

by Ray LaMontagne

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Overview

Ray LaMontagne may dial back the thick-lidded psychedelia of 2016's Ouroboros on its 2018 sequel, Part of the Light, but he by no means abandons his fondness for trippy sounds. Part of the Light may have moments that recall LaMontagne's austere rustic beginnings, but now that he's revealed his inner Pink Floyd, the singer/songwriter is eager to have it merge with his Americana instincts. Often, this means that Part of the Light can drift, but it's in an amiable, appealing fashion, with LaMontagne finding time for the occasional grinding blues jam ("No Answer Arrives," "As Black as Blood Is Blue") between the lingering twilight ballads. There may be some sturdy song construction here -- the opening "To the Sea" recalls Van Morrison at his most mystic, "Paper Man" feels lean and precise -- but what's memorable is the ever-shifting, ever-changing production on Part of the Light: it's an aural lava lamp, kicking up slow-bursting explosions of texture and sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2018
Label: Rca
UPC: 0190758378923
catalogNumber: 583789
Rank: 1347

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray LaMontagne   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron
Kevin Ratterman   Synthesizer,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Tambourine
Carl Broemel   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Bo Koster   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,fender rhodes
Seth Kauffman   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Drones,Guitar (Baritone)
David Givan   Drums
John Sirratt   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Ray LaMontagne   Composer,Producer
Kevin Ratterman   Engineer
Meghan Foley   Art Direction

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