David Gray - Mutineers (promo & review)
Disclosure: I received a download of David Gray's album Mutineers from the One2One Network in exchange for an honest review. Information was provided by One2One. All opinions are my own.
David Gray has announced the upcoming release of a new album, Mutineers. The record is Gray’s tenth studio album and his first in four years. To mark the news, Gray has unveiled the video for ‘Gulls’, the first track from Mutineers to be streamed ahead of release.
To coincide with Mutineers, Gray will tour the UK for the first time in three years. The headline tour, commencing at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on June 23 will include a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 24. The dates follow a run of sold-out US shows across April and May and three sold-out intimate shows earlier this year at Westminster’s Emmanuel Centre. Additional US tour dates will be announced in May.
Recorded in Church Studios, London and produced by Andy Barlow (Lamb), whose brief was to not let Gray “make the same record I’ve made before.” The result is an album that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly and finds Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “I know I’ve done something here that has an authority that is inspiring me and I don’t have to worry about my past or any of that. The lovely thing about this is we’ve had the time to experiment, and it’s been wonderful,” says Gray.
David Gray captured the world’s attention with his breakout multi-platinum hit White Ladder, the first of three No.1 UK albums, earning him both Brit and Grammy nominations. He has continued to build on this success, with recent albums Draw The Line (2009) and Foundling (2010), both reaching the Billboard Top 10 in the US.
Mutineers Track Listing: Back in the World As the Crow Flies Mutineer Beautiful Agony Last Summer Snow in Vegas Cake and Eat It Birds of the High Arctic The Incredible Girl Like You Gulls Nearly Midnight (bonus track)
I don't think I've always liked David Gray. In the past, his songs have been ones that I hear the first time and think "meh"... but then they grow on me the more I hear them. I end up loving certain songs, but it always takes a while. For whatever reason, I feel differently about this album. The very first time I played it I found myself tapping my fingers and toes and humming along. I can't pinpoint what the change is though. Is it me? Is it a difference in the songs? I'm just really not sure. But... most of the songs just get to me. The album been getting a lot of play during the day.
My favorite? Cake and Eat It. It's just happy and bubbly and simple.