ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Supernova Ray LaMontagne

  RAY LAMONTAGNE Supernova (RCA) This was the sound of my summer, the soundtrack for playing hooky with my honey and sneaking down the shore the back way on Mondays in July, wearing wreaths of Jersey sweet corn and tomatoes and a halo of mosquitoes, the sound of moonlit drives thru the Pine Barrens, and marveling at the incandescent twinkling of the Big Dipper under magic milkshake stand skies. This album is rife with all that bygone-but-still-here-stuff — drive-in movies, purple sunshine, tape delay, lavender skies, S.E. Hinton novels, Syd Barrett nursery rhymes, the power of a reverb-drenched electric guitar, […]