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Trouble [Digipak]

Artist: Ray LaMontagne

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Label: RCA
Album: Trouble [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Trouble
2)    Shelter
3)    Hold You in My Arms
4)    Narrow Escape
5)    Burn
6)    Forever My Friend
7)    Hannah
8)    How Come
9)    Jolene
10)    All the Wild Horses

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Ray LaMontagne (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Ray LaMontagne; Roger Wilke, Roger Wilkie (violin); Ethan Johns (guitar, piano, harmonium, bass guitar, drums, percussion); Phillip Levy , Mark Robertson , Julie Gigante (violin); David Low (cello).
  • Audio Mixer: Ethan Johns.
  • Recording information: Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA.
  • Illustrator: Jason Holley.
  • Every once in a while a singer/songwriter comes down the pike in the grand emotive tradition of Neil Young and Van Morrison. In the early 2000s, the quietly intense folk of Iron & Wine and the rootsy-experimental stylings of Sufjan Stevens continued that lineage. Ray LaMontagne, whose impressive 2004 debut, TROUBLE, draws on alt-country, roots rock, and progressive folk in a unique, strikingly sincere way, seems a likely candidate for the keeper of the flame.
  • The title track, which opens the album, introduces LaMontagne's deeply textured singing. Simultaneously raw, lilting, and expansive, LaMontagne's voice bristles with emotion, and immediately commands the listener's attention. Though the instrumentation on the album rarely changes--strummed acoustic guitar, tasteful string arrangements, bass, drums, and electric guitar for accents--the moods shift subtly from song to song. "Burn" is harrowingly intimate and hushed, while "How Come" works a shuffling groove and "Hold You in My Arms" has a wistful, waltz-like feel. LaMontagne's lyrics, strong on narrative detail and vivid imagery, are the crowning touch on these moving songs of love and loss. TROUBLE is so well realized, in fact, that it sometimes belies the truth that this is the artist's first effort.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.177) - 3 stars out of 5 - "It has a dusky ambience that highlights his sandpaper croon and suggests songful possibility."

Uncut (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[Q]uietly magnificent."

Uncut (p.75) - Ranked #14 in Uncut's "Best New Albums of 2004" - "[A] gloriously uncontaminated record..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "LaMontagne is blessed with a wood-smoky Paul Rodgers-meets-Norah Jones delivery, oozing the rough-hewn sensitivity of mid-'70s Marlboro ads and Kris Kristofferson movies....He's something special indeed."

Producer:Ethan Johns; Ethan Johns
Format:CD (0 Disc); Stereo
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:14 September, 2004
Guest Artist: Ethan Johns; Sara Watkins

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There's not much to say about Ray LaMontagne, except for beautiful. His voice is truly one of a kind and he seems to put his whole soul into every lyric. This album is soft and gentle and very quiet, which means you have to be utterly patient to really enjoy it. But after a few listens, you quickly realise how amazing this album is. My standouts would have to be Hold You in My Arms (how can you NOT fall in love with this song?), All the Wild Horses and Jolene.

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