Ray LaMontagne - Supernova
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2014 Ratings: #229 / 830
User Score
Based on 17 ratings
April 29, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
Dan Auerbach / Producer
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A.V. Club

Supernova’s experiments aren’t all triumphs by any means, but, given how painless it would have been to stay the course, LaMontagne is to be commended for taking on a challenge at all.


So although Supernova represents the idealistic (and exospheric) possibilities for LaMontagne after 10 years in the industry, what gets lost in the experimentation is the emotional connection previously forged through clear playing and exposed lyricism.


Supernova is unapologetically and indulgently retro; a casual listen might dismiss it as mere nostalgia. But pairing Auerbach's detailed, careful production with LaMontagne's open, expertly crafted songwriting and breezy, sensual, emotionally unburdened signing, that boundary is shattered.

LaMontagne thread his needle through many styles, mostly good ones. The result might just lull you into tomorrow.

Curiously, the record that Supernova most brings to mind is Beck‘s recent album Morning Phase – another collection of songs that hark back to the ’60s while putting a modern spin on proceedings. Like Morning Phase, even Supernova’s failures prove an interesting listen, and when LaMontagne hits his stride, it’s an album that contains some of his best material in years.

Rolling Stone

"I wanna be Brando in The Wild One," he sings, like an old coot recalling his salad days over a whiskey and a fresh pack of smokes, more or less happy to be just who he is.

Apr 26, 2014
Enjoy the tastefull essence of life so generously supplied and so carefully shaped and realise that time passes in our profit.
A real beauty.
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Added on: February 17, 2014