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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 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.
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on 30 January 2007
Have been a fan of ray's for a long time-was lucky enough to see him in a tiny venue a few years ago, where he basically played this album-just him, his guitar and a double bass player.

This album is the nuts-Trouble and it's chorus reminds me of Otis Redding's "I've been loving you too long" with his swooping vocal stle in the chorus. Ray's voice can go gospel with amazing strength and clarity, but can also go hushed and mournful too. To give you a guide, I definitely come in on the gospel/tougher side of things (huge fan of James Brown, Otis, the Black Keys blah blah). Overall,the slower, softer side of the album does win out, but the tunes, for me at least, are so beautiful (by and large) that it really doesn't matter. Give it a go, and if you can, go and see him in concert. His new album, and his newer gigs are, unfortunately, veering to the softer, more morose side of things, but he still possesses one of the greatest live voices you will ever hear.
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on 30 November 2017
There isn't one song on this CD that I don't like. It's pure magic. I can't believe that I'm going to be seeing Ray in the UK in 2018! This CD obviously is a must for any Ray LaMontagne fan.
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on 1 October 2016
a real folk album here, don't come across those much now. Everything tries to blend itself into pop or into some other genre, but this is a true album, and the title song 'Trouble' perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the album, what a voice, an amazing beautiful voice. I've seen peopleon talent shows like X-factor trying to simulate the soul he projects out but no one can do like he can. Some of the songs seem a bit void of meaning and go on a bit but the album flows greatly, if you love folk you'll love this.
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on 22 October 2011
That's what this album is all about: Lamontagne's incredible vocals. Even though most of the songs on "Trouble" tread a well worn path in terms of structure/melody/chord sequence etc, I still think it's his best release by far. There are some genuinely lovely songs here, with "Narrow Escape" and "Jolene" being particular standouts for me (great lyrics and beautiful vocal performance). I just wish he'd make another one like this!
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on 14 January 2018
I'm new to Ray - it's really great music
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on 10 May 2018
Great Thanks
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on 15 June 2018
Good.
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on 19 January 2018
Brillitant
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on 11 November 2017
bought for a gift
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