It's a Fine Old World
Ray LaMontagne might be Maine’s most famous singer/songwriter right now, but the state has a slew of young artists poised for future fame. One of the most promising
is Portland resident Eric Bettencourt, a member of the popular local trio Giraffe Attack. Fine Old World (Shadow Shine Records, www.eric-bettencourt.com, $9.99) is Bettencourt’s widely praised debut album. Featuring mostly original tracks and one rare LaMontagne cover, Fine Old World meanders through a range of styles and sounds, a journey punctuated by the title track performed in three parts. Bettencourt’s raspy voice enchants listeners on softer songs such as “Sweet Elise” and exudes personality on the more forceful ones like “Uniform.” From bluesy rock to folksy funk, the styles on this debut album demonstrate Bettencourt’s varied influences — and his deserved place as a rising star in Maine’s music scene.