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How Come by Ray LaMontagne

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Reviewed on 1st November 2006.


How Come

By Ray LaMontagne

In the latest single to be taken from Ray LaMontagne's acclaimed debut album, 'Trouble', 'How Come' adopts a laidback country style. On first listen, the relaxed, country vibe of the song with its gentle guitars accompanying LaMontagne's irresistibly husky vocals make for an extremely pleasant and likeable song. But look deeper, and there's a poignant, political statement that needs to be masked in unassuming songs such as this in order to make its point without forcing it down people's throats in a way that you can't avoid the message and end up not wanting to hear the message. 'How Come' encapsulates LaMontagne's despair at the state of the world today, with the laidback style harmonising his feeling of helplessness and apathy. Lyrics such as "And freedom can be an empty cup from which everybody want to drink / I said how come / I can't tell the free world from living hell" sharply deliver a clear message about LaMontagne's observation on the world we live in today. But presented in a likeable, relaxed style, the message is ever stronger by letting the facts just speak for themselves.

A brilliantly clever song that reaches far deeper than it seems, Ray LaMontagne has done it again.



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