The melodic folk style has started to grow stale from LaMontagne. Songs like the softly wafting "Pick Up a Gun" and "No Other Way" are lovely, but their amorphous nature make them lack the bite to be memorable.
The title track is the exact opposite. It's a refreshing dose of what could best be described as space-aged roots pop. Thankfully, there are more of those moments on the album. The opening track "Lavender" is an unexpectedly spacey groove.
A blues rock influence powers "She's the One", complete with some of LaMontagne's grittiest vocals. Fuzzy guitars and a deep head-bopping rhythm makes "Julia" a standout.
The record closes on a strong note with the most energetic installment, the bounding and catchy "Drive-In Movies".
Supernova sounds like the beginning steps of LaMontagne transitioning into a new phase of his career. It shows that there's a lot of interesting ideas that we can look forward to hearing in the future.
Ray LaMontagne plays Massey Hall in Toronto on June 8 & 9th.
Best tracks: "Lavender", "Julia"
Track listing for Supernova:
- She's the One
- Pick Up a Gun
- No Other Way
- Drive-In Movies