If you've never heard of David Gray's music before, if you've never had the oppertunity to be lifted out of your troubles, to be soothed and calmed and at the same time totally energised, buy this record. The tracks are guitar and piano based, with a punchy rhythm behind them and amazing vocals. David Gray has been likened to both Van Morrison and Bob Dylan, two of the most influential artists of all time, and I think that David has brought out their best qualities. He's got Dylans guitar playing abilities, and 'from the heart' lyrics, along with Van Morrisin's amazing vocals and 'feelgood factor'. This is a record to listen to when in extreames of emotion, whether happy or sad, it'll intensify your joy and ease your pain. It's a record that speaks to you in every song, a record that conjours up memories and images from the very first strum of the guitar. This is a record that transcends your Hi-Fi, enters your brain and whispers 'Hey, I know how you're feeling - I've felt that way too!'. From the ballads of 'Please Forgive Me', a song about working through the problems and unexpected feelings that well up inside us, to the almost story-like 'Say Hello, Wave Goodbye' (which, incidentaly wasn't written by Gray, but by Softcell), this really is an album for everyone. It both surrounds and penetrates us, and enriches us with it's presence - thank you David!