With his 2004 debut album, TROUBLE, New England-based singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne emerged virtually out of nowhere to become enormously popular on the contemporary folk scene. His passionate, tremulous vocal delivery and R&B-tinged style gave LaMontagne a highly distinctive sound, and his '60s/'70s-influenced songs gave him a cross-generational appeal. LaMontagne's follow-up release, TILL THE SUN TURNS BLACK, expanded his following and showed him to be more than just a one-album wonder.
Ray Lamontagne together with producer Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams/Kings Of Leon) has produced one of the solo albums of the year with the majestic ''Trouble''. Recorded at the Alley & Studio 3 at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, ''Trouble'' is a truly collaborative e
Some singer/songwriters (think Paul Westerberg and Elliott Smith) develop their world-weariness through the unforgiving trials of passing years and the heart-breaking grind of the music business. Others (Van Morrison, Neil Young) seem to have sprung from out of nowhere with the fully formed soul of a life well-lived. Ray LaMontagne belongs with the latter. On this, his debut, LaMontagne has crafted a handful of quietly devastating meditations on life and love--and delivered them with a raspy vocal all his own. The simple, mournful lyrics of "Burn," "Shelter" and the title track recall a Hank Williams ballad, and the reserved production by alt-country/americana genius Ethan Johns (the Jayhawks, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon) make this a great disc for smoky Saturday nights, and rainy Sunday mornings. --Ben Heege
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