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Back Up To Speed,
This review is from: Life in Slow Motion (Audio CD)
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.