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Twenty one years since his first studio album, David Gray’s tenth and latest, Mutineers, finds the singer-songwriter steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,” says David. “You have to sort of tear up the past and ... Read more in Amazon's David Gray Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000A3OWP6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded between October 2003 and May 2005, David took a different approach to writing and recording Life In Slow Motion. Of the change, David says, "I don’t think you can remain the underdog forever and work in that way. I really wanted to get away from that lo-fi bedroom programming. All the records that have inspired me this time have been far more of a soundscape. The Sigur Ros records, Sparklehorse’s It’s A Wonderful Life, Lucinda Williams’ World Without Tears and albums like Deserter’s Songs, where things are more architectural." From the sparse, structured intro of the opener, "Alibi", a song David describes as ‘like "Babylon" Part 2 but more abstract... catching up with the character a few years down the line when they’re a bit worse for wear,’ to "The One I Love", as beautiful a song about bleeding to death as you’re ever likely to hear, and the inspirational fire of "Nos Da Cariad" (Welsh for ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’) it’s clear that Life In Slow Motion is a distinct departure from his earlier work. Two compositions on Life In Slow Motion - "From Here You Can Almost See The Sea" and "Ain’t No Love"--come from David’s work on the soundtrack for Amma Assante’s debut film A Way Of Life (released in 2004). The songs landed David a 2005 BAFTA Anthony Asquith Award nomination for Best New British Composer.

BBC Review

Slow Motion is the second album from DavidGray since the lo-fi genius of White Ladder. This time around the drum machine has been replaced with spacious soundscapes of glacial instrumentation, string sections, brass and harmonicas.

The songs are layered, polished and occasionally breathtakingly powerful. However, it can take time for his lyrics to cut through the textures.

Reassuringly the trademark steady piano chords remain. Gray stands up straight and walks tall. It's still him, just more ornate and less immediate. --Jack Smith

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The single The One I Love has a rocky beat but devastatingly sad words that brought me to tears the first time I read them: a man lying on a battlefield sings to his girl as the life blood ebbs from his body.
Alibi is another great one as is the atmospheric title track Slow Motion, but the song that I like best for the moment is the almost 7 minute long Now and Always.
If you love David Gray, and don't already have this, get hold of it as fast as you can. You won't be disappointed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr P A SUAREZ on 13 Sept. 2005
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This album is a most welcome return from David Gray.
Beautiful string arrangements combine with David's voice and guitar to create a beautiful, joyous sound.
If Mssrs Blunt, Rice etc float your boat, go back to the source and hear how it SHOULD be done by the master himself.
I can honestly recommend you buy this album without fear of dissapointment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Music Man on 18 July 2007
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If this is life in Slow Motion, then this is the speed I want to enjoy it at. A great album full of wonderful melodic and distinctive David Gray songs.

Having had a huge success with White Ladder it was never going to be easy following it up. A "New Day at Midnight" was good, but having already set the standard, it suffered in comparison to "White Ladder".

However, "Slow Motion" is bang on target and proves as delightful and durable as his earlier achievement. This is a bolder and more confident offering from Gray. He has brought in wonderful orchestral arrangements and used them to great effect. The songs are grander and superbly crafted. After just one listen you are hooked by the beautiful tunes that he has weaved together to make this such a strong return to form.

His voice and use of instrumentation is a further sign of an artist maturing and feeling more comfortable about his fame and status. The more confident and relaxed he becomes, the more he writes from the heart and not for the commercial market. Ironically, however, as a result of this confidence, he ends up with the quality of material that makes him more commercial once again. A strange twist to the cycle!!

"Alibi", "The One I Love" and "Hospital Food" seem to be on most people's list of favourites, but all tracks are excellent. For the benefit of non-Welsh speakers, "Nos Da Cariad" simply means goodnight my loved one.

This album I love and play on a regular basis. It lifts me and gets me singing along in a joyous fashion. 10/10 in my book.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Sept. 2005
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I am a lover of "White Ladder" and thought nothing could top it, I have to say that "Slow Motion" is coming in a very close second!!! From the second you put the disc on you don't want to turn it off! First tune you hear is "Alibi" what a great song as is "Lately", "Now and Always", " Slow Motion" if fact all are great songs!! " The one I love" is going to be a classic David Gray song, around forever! If you love White Ladder you will love this, just go and buy the cd, you will not be dissapointed! A fantastic album from a fantastic man.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Hills on 5 Mar. 2006
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Life in Slow Motion is a definate return to form for David Gray.
White Ladder was superb, in fact one of my favourite albums of all time but Life In Slow Motion runs it close.
This album is different sounding to White Ladder, perhaps more like the previous album but with greater quality. Dont get me wrong "A new Day At Midnight" was a good album but not every song hit the mark.
Life in Slow Motion has potential singles throughout, each song carrying the unique David Gray sound and all superbly written.
The album is beautifully crafted - a mastereice of song writing.
Music should be about evoking emotions and Gray manages to do this with each and every song on the album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Shaw on 10 Jan. 2006
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Initially, I didn't expect much of this from what i had heard of it. I was a big fan of his previous album, and when this was announced I was expecting something great. However i heard a song off it and wasnt impressed. However, having recently purchased it, i have found it to be a great mellow album. It is calm and relaxing, great to put on in the car or in an evening. Some of the songs are a bit more abstract and unusual than the songs on White Ladder. These songs work well though, and I would highly recommend this album to any fan of soft rock and lo-fi music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
David Gray's life in slow motion is amazing. It is the first album i have bought of his, "the one i love" tempted me into buying it. The best tracks in my opinion are "alibi", "the one i love" and "slow motion". I don't regret buying the album at all even though i only really listen to 5 or six songs on it. I think i'll have to buy some of his previous albums now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on 3 Oct. 2005
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Many artists turn out album after album with only one song worth listenting to. David continues to deliver music that can never be listened to enough. Life In Slow Motion is a great album with some of his finest work. My favorites are: the title track, Alibi, Lately and Aint No Love. I hope that David goes on to produce more of this quality of work. Clearly the wait we have between albums is apparent in the end product.
A truly awesome piece of music.
Thank you.
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