Till the Sun Turns Black Ray LaMontagne is a suede-voiced singer with a dark streak; he's like the brooding New England bro of Hawaii's breezy Jack Johnson. Till the Sun… Till the Sun Turns Black Ray LaMontagne is a suede-voiced singer with a dark streak; he's like the brooding New England bro of Hawaii's breezy Jack Johnson. Till the Sun… 2006-08-29 Ray LaMontagne Folk
Music Review

Till the Sun Turns Black (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 29, 2006; Lead Performance: Ray LaMontagne; Genre: Folk

Ray LaMontagne is a suede-voiced singer with a dark streak; he's like the brooding New England bro of Hawaii's breezy Jack Johnson. Till the Sun Turns Black is a handsome follow-up to 2004's Trouble, again produced by Ethan Johns, magnifies LaMontagne's coffeehouse moroseness with horns and strings. But it also teases out his R&B side with cuts that conjure what Otis Redding might've done after his posthumous hit ''(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay.'' At times, the tunes feel incorporeal, like incense smoke. Still, the scent lingers.

Originally posted Aug 25, 2006 Published in issue #894 Sep 01, 2006 Order article reprints