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David Gray is one of those artists who you simply have to play when your life has hit an all-time low. I don't mean that in a bad way, but his style is quite depressing. This album gathers some of his finest hits.
Who is he:
Manchester based David found fame with his 'White Ladder' album which took about a year to finally peak at the number one spot!
On this album:
The rousing 'Babylon' is one I always head to straight away. I never quite understood what he was singing about, maybe the hanging gardens of Babylon or just something he made up. The tune is lovely though and sweeps over you, it is one of his more melodic moments. I also love 'Please Forgive Me' which finds David making a heartfelt plea to a loved one. His vocals on this come through with a tenderness and hint of sorrow. The track might make you feel quite sad, but the pianoline in it will lift the spirits.
I approve of 'This Year's Love' which is a very sombre affair, it is the kind of track you could imagine playing when you split with a loved one. David manages to show he isn't just full of gloom, 'Hosptial Food' is a wittier song and more light hearted than the other offerings. My top tip though is the mesmerising 'Sail Away' where the vocals are resonant and sound hollow inside. It will leave you with a lump in your throat.
Intelligent lyrics, a unique voice and superb songs. Very very good.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 You're The World To Me
3 The One I Love
4 Please Forgive Me
5 Be Mine
6 Hospital Food
7 This Year's Love
9 Sail Away
10 Shine (Live at Hammersmith Apollo)
12 The Other Side
13 Flame Turns Blue