David Gray – Draw the Line – Review (Album/CD)
David Gray has been around for awhile to put it modestly. With his album White Ladder he broke the record for the most albums sold in Ireland’s history (not U2, Thin Lizzy, or Michael Jackson). Scoring hits on both sides of the Atlantic, this man from Manchester, UK has slowly but surely has made a name for himself in Europe and the US.
So why am I just now hearing about him? I mean a guy who has seven albums under his belt and to say he is pretty big in Ireland would be somewhat of an understatement, I figured I would have, at least, heard his name being bandied around at some point. I guess I’ve been living under a rock since 1993, but I digress.
Being ignorant of his work in the past, Mr. Gray with his new album Draw the Line has made me a fan.
To me the entire album is a bit of a rolling nirvana of contradictions with songs such as “Fugitive” and “Nemesis” that are a musical mix of haunting despair and enthusiastic joy all intertwined in a sadness/hopeful double helix. Should I feel happy (“Jackdaw”), depressed, frustrated (“Full Steam Ahead” with Annie Lennox), suffocated (“First Chance I Get”, “Breathe”), yearning (“Draw the Line”), passion (“Kathleen”, “Stella the Artist”), or optimistic (“Transformation”)? Should I feel all of this at the same time? In any aspect, I am glad I have finally discovered this wonderfully complex music.
Whether you’re into music as therapy or you are a fan of singer/songwriters such as James Taylor and Jim Croce, I think you’ll really enjoy David Gray’s new album Draw the Line.
You can learn more about David Gray at www.davidgray.com. You can pick up his new album Draw the Line on Polydor/Mercer Street Records at Amazon, your local shop or where ever you buy music. You can head over to HD Music Videos Online to catch a live performance of “Fugitive” in high definition.
Some upcoming shows that you might want to catch:
November 1st Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
November 2nd Salt Lake City, UT Kingsbury Hall
November 4th Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
November 7th Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre
November 9th Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre