Trouble (Ray LaMontagne album)

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Ray LaMontagne-Trouble (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Ray LaMontagne
Released September 14, 2004
Recorded 2004
Sunset Sound
Los Angeles, California
Genre Folk rock
Length 41:24
Label RCA/BMG/Stone Dwarf
Producer Ethan Johns
Ray LaMontagne chronology
Till the Sun Turns Black
(2006)Till the Sun Turns Black2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [1]
Drowned in Sound9/10[7]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters7/10 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauC+[5]
UNCUT4/5 stars[2]

Trouble is the debut album by singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne. It was released on September 14, 2004 in the United States, and on September 20, 2004 in the United Kingdom. Although the album was released in 2004, the song didn't enter the top five of the UK charts until August 2006. The album was produced by Ethan Johns, released on RCA Records, marketed by BMG and distributed by Stone Dwarf Records.

"Burn", "Trouble", and "All the Wild Horses" were featured in the second season of the American television show Rescue Me. "Hold You In My Arms" was featured in the 2007 season finale of the television show Grey's Anatomy. The album has sold 239,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Jennifer Stills and Sara Watkins are featured on several tracks. The album cover was designed by Jason Holley, and was chosen by LaMontagne as a "powerful and poetic piece of art".[8]

Popular Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins did a cover for the song "Burn" on January 20, 2005 at the Cairns Convention Centre in Australia. "Jolene," was also covered by the Zac Brown Band, a country music band.

The song "Shelter" was featured in the film Prime (2005).

The song "How Come" was featured in the film The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

The song "Jolene" plays during the ending credits of the film The Town (2010).

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks written by Ray LaMontagne, except "Hold You in My Arms".
  1. "Trouble" – 4:01
  2. "Shelter" – 4:36
  3. "Hold You in My Arms" – 5:06 (Ray LaMontagne/Ethan Johns)
  4. "Narrow Escape" – 4:39
  5. "Burn" – 2:54
  6. "Forever My Friend" – 5:44
  7. "Hannah" – 5:42
  8. "How Come" – 4:32
  9. "Jolene" – 4:10
  10. "All the Wild Horses" – 3:16



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Platinum 484,929[10]
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^


  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. Trouble at AllMusic
  2. ^ Uncut, Sep 2004
  3. ^ BBC review, Sep 2004 Archived 2006-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ PopMatters review
  5. ^ Robert Christgau review
  6. ^ MusicOMH review
  7. ^ Drowned in Sound review
  8. ^ Long, Chris (December 3, 2004). "The Trouble with Ray". 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Ray Lamontagne – Trouble". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 20, 2016.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Trouble in the search field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ Jones, Alan (March 11, 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Adele's 25 returns to No.1". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved March 12, 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Ray Lamontagne – Trouble". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 20, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH