It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after just 12 hours of release. It has been more than 10 years since the cult ­favorite of folk, roots and ­classic- rock fans released the emotive "Trouble," which turned decades-old blues and soul usages into an unlikely hit.

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