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“This might not shock a lot of people, but the more I talk about it, the more people discover it, so that’s cool. Ray LaMontagne’s first album, Trouble, is so brilliant. It’s basically an album of songs that I really wish I’d written.
“I got turned on to this album by some buddies of mine, and I think I listened to it for three months straight. It was the only album that I wanted to hear.
“There’s so much soul on the record. The songwriting is incredible, and the lyrics are unbelievably poignant, almost visceral. You can tell that Ray lived this shit. He was in the depths. You listen to him singing the song Jolene: ‘I found myself face down in the ditch/ booze in my hair, blood on my lips.’ It’s like, ‘Fuck, I remember those mornings.’ That stuff takes you to another level. And there’s melodies and hooks that just stay with you, too.
“This is probably one of my top five favorite albums full stop. Whether it’s heavy metal, hard rock, pop, no matter what – this is right up there. To this day, I’ll start singing a Ray LaMontagne song before a show just to warm my voice up and see what’s going on there. It never ceases to amaze me how good this album is.”