10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ray Lamontagne’s voice is a glorious roar, pitched somewhere between the pleading of Otis Redding and the sun-dazzled mania of Van Morrison. His debut album wisely restricts accompaniment to a bare minimum—acoustic guitar, piano, bass, and drums, with occasional violins or percussion for emphasis—so Lamontagne can cry his soul out unimpeded. His anguish is constant, beautiful, and plain, whether he’s bereft of company (“Hold You in My Arms,” “Burn”), thankful for attention (“Trouble,” “Forever My Friend”), or simply lost (“Shelter”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ray Lamontagne’s voice is a glorious roar, pitched somewhere between the pleading of Otis Redding and the sun-dazzled mania of Van Morrison. His debut album wisely restricts accompaniment to a bare minimum—acoustic guitar, piano, bass, and drums, with occasional violins or percussion for emphasis—so Lamontagne can cry his soul out unimpeded. His anguish is constant, beautiful, and plain, whether he’s bereft of company (“Hold You in My Arms,” “Burn”), thankful for attention (“Trouble,” “Forever My Friend”), or simply lost (“Shelter”).

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
808 Ratings

808 Ratings

Ron P. ,

Incredible

Just listening to this album, when it first came out, it immediately shot into my top-10 ALL-Time Favorite albums. One reviewer from CBS Sunday Morning so brilliantly put it, "If this album had come out in 1974 instead of 2004 Ray may be bigger than Elton John and Billy Joel combined" Paraphrasing, of course, and I LOVE Those artists, as well, but it's TRUE!

bsuzanne79 ,

I will never understand!!!!

How this album could never have produced a top ten hit, or won any awards, OR how it only has four stars. It simply baffles me that people will pay money for, and continue to buy some of the garbage that is out there today and a supremely wonderful artist like Ray, and this album can go unnoticed and unappreciated. That being said, this is truly my desert island album. It has and will probably always have the ability to affect me on a level that non other can. The great ones are just never really "gotten" in their own time. This album blows everything that has been made in the last five years completely out of the water! If you are new to Ray, start with Trouble, then get "Till the sun and then Gossip in the Grain.......but start with this one, it really lays the foundation for becoming a rabid Ray fan, such as myself! All of the songs are amazing, but my favorites are "Hannah", "Hold you in my arms", "Shelter" and "Jolene"

Billy Ocean ,

I CAN'T BELIEVE...

that there are only a few reviews for this album. This is an amazing collection of songs, solid all of the way through. Any self respecting music fan should have this in their collection.

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