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This remarkable debut by an unknown New England singer-songwriter was one of the most welcome musical surprises of 2004. On these 10 stunning, plainspoken, sincere ruminations, Ray LaMontagne sounds like a wizened, world-weary troubadour — actually quite a compliment for a fledgling, not-yet-30-year-old artist. With just a hint of rasp (and a ton of pain and yearning) in his voice, he dives into these bucolic folk songs with the emotion and passion of a soul singer, calling to mind artists like Van Morrison or an overwrought Cat Stevens. Producer Ethan Johns, who’s worked wonders for Ryan Adams among others, spruces up these hushed ballads with low-key string arrangements and softly colors them with his own work on piano and percussion. The poignant ballad “Shelter” tugs at you with a simple melody and LaMontagne’s aching, heart-on-his-sleeve vocals; “you will shelter me, my love, and I will shelter you,” he sings plaintively, turning a declaration of love into gripping drama. On the mournful “Burn,” it’s just the singer and his acoustic guitar, desperately pleading for his lover to return. For the most part, Trouble is a heavy, somber listen, but it’s also quite captivating — an instant sad-sack classic. 

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buy it or i'll give u "trouble"

this is an excellant debut album his smooth soulful tunes are the most get for the summer. all i have to say is when he opens his mouth all that comes out is soul.

A voice that is gravel and honey at the same time, brilliant!

Not really a folk music listener, but this is one of those rare jems of an album that you stubble across by mistake, and consequently love forever. The dude opens his mouth and he is pure heart, soul and the rest of it. Buy this album it's 8 quid well spent.

The music from rescue me

I've never bought a whole album from itunes before, but every track on this album was worth the 79p. I'm a huge fan of the TV series "Rescue Me" and found this album while making a Rescue Me playlist for my ipod. All the Wild Horses was the song used when Tommy Gavins son dies in season 2, it's one of the most moving songs i've heard, and ranks up there with Eva Cassidy in my all time quiet listening music. If you like Rescue Me this album is a must, if you love soulful music to move you then look no further.


Born: 18 June 1973 in Nashua, NH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a voice that recalls a huskier, sandpapery version of Van Morrison and Tim Buckley, Ray LaMontagne joins such artists as Iron & Wine in creating folk songs that are alternately lush and intimately earthy. The songwriter was born in Nashua, New Hampshire in 1973; his parents split up shortly after his birth, and his mother began a pattern of moving her six children to any locale that could offer her employment and housing. As a result, LaMontagne grew up as the perennial new kid in school (when...
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