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This review is from: Life in Slow Motion (Audio CD)
David Gray's previous two albums (White Ladder, New Day At
Midnight) were able to strike a chord with millions thanks to their bleak, acoustic simplicity, complementing perfectly his tales of troubled relationships.
Life in Slow Motion sees a departure with hotshot producer Marius De Vries (U2, Madonna) handling the album, big orchestral landscapes being the order of the day. This decision risked perhaps the wistful, melancholic charm of his songs being suffocated by over-production; however given his emergence as a major player it was the logical step forward, and the ever excellent songwriting means the production actually gives his lyrics a nobility not seen before in his work, whilst ensuring they remain down-to-earth.
Outstanding songs include haunting opener "Alibi", the beautiful lead-off single "The One I Love" and Coldplay-esque "Nos Da Cariad" and "Disappearing World", the latter closing the album perfectly as it fades away into the horizon. However, his ability is present throughout, and Gray shows once more that few can match his prowess as a songwriter. This is destined to be another classic.