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Comment from: BooBoo [Visitor]
BooBoo

I am uneasy with all the Van comparisons…

07/27/06 @ 12:17
Comment from: cupcake [Visitor]
cupcake

I disagree with the Van comparison. I love Van but I love Ray more (shocking, I know). I also consider myself an expert on the two musicians. Van, for the most part, is more upbeat. Ray has little more depth in a tragic sort of way. He used to work at a shoe factory in Maine. One day he quit his job to sing. Both singers belong in the same genre of music, but don’t sound the same. I believe I told you to buy Ray’s album two years ago (but what do I know). His new album is coming out next month. I also have a cd with three or four unreleased songs, if anyone is interested.

07/27/06 @ 12:32
Comment from: Moyer [Visitor]
Moyer

Let me clear my good name here. I said the *best* comparison I could come up with, trying to give Joker an idea of what to expect. I challenge you to come up with a better comparison for the uninitiated.

Ray is obviously a distinct artist, and his Trouble album is one of my favorites from the last few years.

07/27/06 @ 15:12
Comment from: cupcake [Visitor]
cupcake

There is no comparison. He’s unique. It’s like trying to find some one of whom Peter reminds you. There just isn’t anyone. He’s too weird.

I’m ok without comparisons.

07/27/06 @ 15:42
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

Wait, you just favorably compared me to Ray LaMontagne in an effort to show that you cannot compare us to anyone. Sweet irony!

This is the part in the cartoon when the robot’s head blows up. Cool.

07/27/06 @ 16:22
Comment from: Moyer [Visitor]
Moyer

You can compare any semi-mainstream musical artist to at least one other. Ray is not THAT unique. He’s basically a folk singer with a tragic twist. If you want some examples of “weird” artists, I give you Deerhoof, The Flaming Lips, and Bjork.

07/28/06 @ 08:07
Comment from: cupcake [Visitor]
cupcake

He’s unique in the fact that he’s from Maine. How many famous people do you know from Maine other than Stephen King? Not many. His voice is unique, but not unique as in like Johnny Cash was before Joaquin. I just don’t think you can or should compare artists, that is all. Plus, he’s not weird. Also, I can think of a few as well (e.g. Ani Difranco), but that isn’t necessary. I just used weird in reference to Peter for the sake of comparison. I think we can come to a conclusion by accepting Ray’s music for what it is and by agreeing that we all kind of like him.

07/28/06 @ 09:25
Comment from: [Member]
Privatjokr

Rumor goes that his new album is sappy and slow and cliche’ Indie Rock. I’ll be curious to your respective takes on it, as fans of his work.

07/28/06 @ 14:21
Comment from: gejamich [Visitor]  
gejamich

Curious about the cd with three or four unreleased songs (cupcake). I saw Ray play in 2000 and at the time he had one cd which seems to no longer be available. There were definitely some songs on that cd that aren’t included on Trouble or Til The Sun Turns Black. Would love more info.

12/16/07 @ 04:57
Comment from: cupcake [Visitor]  
cupcake

Hey gejamich,

I have a burned cd from a friend who saw Ray in Seattle. The cd is currently in the US while I am in Ecuador, but I’d be happy to send a copy your way when I make it home. It is a fantastic cd with songs I have definitely never heard Ray sing or heard on a cd.

12/21/07 @ 14:18


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