By Greg Kot
Updated August 10, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ray LaMontagne broke up with longtime producer Ethan Johns to make this live home recording with his ace band. On God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, ”Repo Man” plays it loose and frisky from the get-go, a soul shuffle that gets LaMontagne all riled up. But it doesn’t take long for the singer to retreat into his beard for some Laurel Canyon-style sensitivity exercises. With a band this agile, it’s a shame he doesn’t dance a little more. B?

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