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Released in late 2009, this was Gray's first release since 2005's 'Life In Slow Motion' and was recorded at Gray's own recording studio.
This release, unfortunately, went reletively un-noticed, spending only 5 weeks in the UK charts and then seemingly vanishing.
The album as a whole is what we now come to expect from Gray - a collection of relaxing, acoustic-folk based songs about love and loss and the opening three tracks deliver just that - with feelings of the 'White Ladder' days returning, even more so in the track 'Nemesis'.
Come to the fourth track, 'Jackdaw' and it's an uplifting, cheery track backed by the usual fantastic Gray vocals - this song really makes you start tapping your toe and is one of the albums stand-out tracks.
From the next track were drawn back into the classis Gray style of acoustic guitar and piano - something which is Gray's signiature sound which we have all come to expect. This continues for numerous tracks until track 9 - 'Stella The Artist' - which, in my own mind, is about Stella McCartney (daughter of Paul), whether I'm right or not I have no idea!
As with 'Jackdaw', 'Stella' once again uplifts the spirit of the album with an upbeat sound and broad vocals.
All in all, this is an album that fits well in Gray's growing discography, but it doesn't stand out. It feels like a return to roots, back when Gray was more in the main stream, but it doesn't feel new.
As with most Gray albums, expect low beats per minute, with 45 minutes of relaxation music that always works better late at night in the dark, to relax your modd, as opposed to daytime 'lift me up' music.
Despite this, this is a worthy addition to your David Gray collection, but if you are considering buying a Gray album but unsure which, stick with the classic 'White Ladder'.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Draw The Line
6 First Chance
9 Stella The Artist
11 Full Steam