Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #210 / 760
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2016 Ratings: #179
March 4, 2016 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Entertainment Weekly

Ouroboros is a perfect throwback to the lost art of the album-length format.

80
Mojo
The title refers to the ancient infinity symbol of a snake swallowing its own tail, and with these songs, LaMontagne draws his own dreamy circles in the sand.
80
American Songwriter
This unexpected and daring album doesn’t pander to the audience LaMontagne has acquired through five previous releases that sound little like this. Better yet, it never feels forced or pretentious, but rather a natural if somewhat startling extension of the artist’s determined and compelling internal compass.
80
Drowned in Sound

It's so different from the majority of his previous output that it might take some time to truly get to grips with. The coherence of the whole record is a joy. 

75
Paste
If all of its parts can’t stand up to scrutiny ... there’s conviction in the whole, enough to take Lamontagne one step deeper into the mystic.
70
AllMusic

Replete with consummate musicianship, Ouroboros is a deliberate work of album rock.

70
Exclaim!
More than any other record in his catalogue, this is a record that gives mood and feeling as much room as the songwriting itself.
60
NOW Magazine
While James's production is brilliant - he's deft at creating compelling ambience - atmosphere alone can't make a great rock album.
tha138
68
Ray's mystified journey in the rocking realm of melody may repose in its epic arms but still sounds emotionally familiar.
MarkCooper
69
Favorite Track: Homecoming
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Track List

  1. Part One - Homecoming
  2. Part One - Hey, No Pressure
  3. Part One - The Changing Man
  4. Part One - While It Still Beats
  5. Part Two - In My Own Way
  6. Part Two - Another Day
  7. Part Two - A Murmuration of Starlings
  8. Part Two - Wouldn't It Make a Lovely Photograph
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