Music reviews for May 1, 2014

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ray LaMontagne, “Supernova”

Ray LaMontagne’s radical departure from his successful, gruff-but-soulful folk-rock path begins with the first notes of his fifth album, “Supernova.”

The psychedelic, swirling sounds of “Lavender” immediately make you wonder if you’ve slipped in a Graham Nash CD by mistake or if you’ve somehow been teleported to 1969.

With the help and deft touch of producer Dan Auerbach, who’s best known as the singer from the Black Keys, LaMontagne succeeds in ripping down everything from his “Trouble” days—replacing it with a more upbeat, more rock-oriented world that embraces both the fuzzed-out pop of “Julia” and the sun-kissed, laid-back loveliness of a Neil Young-inspired “Ojai.”

—Glenn Gamboa, Newsday

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