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Trouble: Ray LaMontagne - Assured debut that suggests this singer/songwriter is going places.
on 15 July 2011
Trouble is the first album from singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne. The style of music is relatively laid back country/folk, with LaMontagne's expressive, rough around the edges voice centre stage. Singing songs about life and love, obviously written and sung by someone who has been there and done it, LaMontagne reveals himself to be a songwriter of depth and, importantly, maturity. There are some beautiful melodies to be found here, and some great lyrics.
The overall production is extremely well done. LaMontagne's voice and guitar with the shuffling snare beat lend an intimate, confessional air to the album, but riding along behind is a backing full of violins, cello and harmonica which gives the album a real depth. The strings are very sympathetic, punctuating the album rather than overpowering it. It makes for a more complex and interesting listen, and really lifts the already good performance from LaMontagne to a new height.
Strong writing, great singing, great backing and production. In all a 5 star album, and I look forward to hearing more from this artist.