Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, "Beg Steal or Borrow"

70 Billboard Rating

Ray LaMontagne boasts a catalog that's about as unassuming as the artist himself, and "Beg Steal or Borrow" - from upcoming album "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise" - is the latest release from the master of mature lullabies and his backing band. If the song is any indication, LaMontagne's first fully self-produced album expands that catalog in his own classic fashion. Saccharine slide guitar ornaments soft-spoken percussion, but at no point does any of the instrumentation outbid LaMontagne's dulcet, weathered voice. As the folk artist sings, "Young man, full of big plans and thinking about tomorrow," one can appreciate the familiar themes of hometown blues and larger-than-life dreams found in his lyrics. A pleasing summer teaser, "Beg Steal or Borrow" sets the band up nicely for its anticipated full-length.

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