September 19, 2007

Duet - LaMontagne & Rice

In addition to the Covers and Original feature that I'm doing, there's a couple of other similar things that I like to collect and listen to - collaborations between artists during concerts or in the studio. It's always something cool to take a listen to. There's some familiar couplings out there, and sometimes, there's the occasional concert collaborations.
To start off, one such pairing that I've come across really worked - Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne, where they covered To Love Somebody (Originally the Bee Gees) before a French audience. This is a fantastic pairing - Both artists work extensively with the acoustic guitar, and their playing compliments each other's fantastically. LaMontagne takes the lead for this song while Rice picks up after the first chorus, but their voices are so similar that it's hard to tell them apart most of the time, without really listening to it.

The song also really fits with some of their music. Damien Rice has a sort of brooding thing that goes on, and Ray LaMontagne has some of his more senimental moments, for which this song really suits the two of them. I like this song - it's the perfect one for my current mood at the moment.

To Love Somebody - Ray LaMontagne & Damien Rice

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