Echoes of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks are apparent in the gorgeous chamber jazz of "Sarah," and eerie, psychedelic British Isles folk -- complete with an otherworldly pedal steel -- haunts the grooves on "I Still Care for You." La Montagne and Johns are able to create varying yet webbed atmospheres in these songs.
Ray can find a style and write in it as if he'd created it.
White has been nominated for various awards as a part of the White Stripes, and has received four Grammy Awards.
Her drumming style has been called "primal" for its simplicity, and drew both praise and criticism from fans and critics.
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Ray La Montagne's third album, Gossip in the Grain is as different from 2007's Till the Sun Turns Black as that album was from 2006's Trouble.
The set opens with the singer channeling his inner Memphis soul man on "You Are the Best Thing." Horns, strings, and a female backing chorus underscore La Montagne's heartfelt uptempo rasp that touches on Sam Cooke as much as it does Tim Buckley with a hook worthy of Stax/Volt.
But La Montagne can write a coda and a bridge and he gets his voice right into the meat of the lyric.
We may have heard lyrics of this type a thousand times before, as they evoke loneliness and longing, but rarely have they been expressed this authentically and this dramatically.
Her musical influences are wide and varied, with Bob Dylan being her favorite artist.
Meg calls herself "very shy", and has kept a very low public profile.