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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.

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2004
Sunset Sound
Los Angeles, California
GenreFolk rock
LabelRCA/BMG/Stone Dwarf
ProducerEthan Johns
Ray LaMontagne chronology
Till the Sun Turns Black
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound9/10[2]
Mojo3/5 stars[3]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Uncut4/5 stars[7]
The Village VoiceC+[8]

"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".[9]

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 listingEdit

  • 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)[11] Platinum 484,929[10]
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^


  1. ^ Leggett, Steve. "Trouble – Ray LaMontagne". AllMusic. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Weston, Colin (November 22, 2004). "Album Review: Ray LaMontagne – Trouble". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Ray LaMontagne: Trouble". Mojo: 96. LaMontagne is blessed with a wood-smoky Paul Rodgers-meets-Norah Jones delivery, oozing the rough-hewn sensitivity of mid-'70s Marlboro ads and Kris Kristofferson movies... He's something special indeed.
  4. ^ Booth, Emma (June 19, 2006). "Ray LaMontagne – Trouble". MusicOMH. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Ray, Austin L. (December 1, 2005). "Ray LaMontagne: Trouble". PopMatters. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian (December 9, 2004). "Ray LaMontagne: Trouble". Rolling Stone: 177.
  7. ^ "Ray LaMontagne – Trouble". Uncut (88): 99. September 2004. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 29, 2005). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot 2005". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 9, 2019.
  9. ^ Long, Chris (December 3, 2004). "The Trouble with Ray".
  10. ^ Jones, Alan (March 11, 2016). "Official Charts Analysis: Adele's 25 returns to No.1". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  11. ^ "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. Type Trouble in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  12. ^ "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.