David Gray - The Best Of David Gray

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The Best Of David Gray is a compilation album by English singer-songwriter David Gray, released in October 2016 via IHT Records.

The three openers of this heavyweight retrospective – “Babylon”, “You’re The World To Me” and “Sail Away” – hit you sweetly, unexpectedly between the eyes, such is the devotional aspect of David Gray‘s vocal delivery. This is a man, you tell yourself, who was a star of the 1990s, who flew high and fast and made his name in the mainstream. Yet from the remove of some 20 years you come to realise that he was no impostor and that his songs have endured because he wrote in dogged pursuit of an emotional truth.

His success, lest we fool ourselves, was borne of the public recognising music of a higher quality; perhaps something the public is not so adept at anymore. But here it is: The Best Of David Gray, a tribute to a young songwriter firing on all cylinders.

The appetite for his work is still present, therefore, an appetite that can only grow when songs like “The One I Love”, “Alibi” and “Be Mine” are heard once again. They’re songs of love; love that has been curdled, lost, buried then refound. Gray‘s voice on “Flame Turns Blue” is the everyman voice of a millennial Britain. It scrapes and cries and cuts. “I went looking for someone I left behind,” he sings not unlike Dylan, and you stop and look at your shoes and listen.

The songs are melodic and inventive, some rushing headlong, others like “The Other Side” the painful, all-too-familiar sound of a drowning urban soul. “Snow In Vegas”, being a duet, makes you realise he’s best all alone with his piano and Martin, undiluted and given space, drenched in his own peculiar melancholia. Stand-out tracks include “This Year’s Love” with its line “This year’s love, it better last”. Has 21st century human relations ever been better summed up?

A hangdog balladeer he is not. Rather, Gray is a musical prospector looking for his own humanity amongst the grit. He remains to this day a writer who can say an awful lot within the confines of a 4-minute song. If only there were a few more like him.

Check out the tracks: Smoke Without Fire”; “Enter Lightly”; “Babylon”; “Sail Away” and "This Year's Love".

This Double Album 2LP Record set is on Black Vinyl housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with 2 Brand New Tracks and a Digital Download Code, pressed in Europe.

This is the first time a number of songs have ever been released on vinyl!

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Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Babylon

3:38

A2

You’re The World To Me

3:37

A3

Sail Away

5:15

A4

The One I Love

3:28

B1

Alibi

4:36

B2

Smoke Without Fire (New Track)

2:55

B3

Flame Turns Blue

4:51

B4

Be Mine

3:51

B5

This Year’s Love

4:06

C1

Fugitive

3:43

C2

Please Forgive Me

5:34

C3

Only The Wine

2:52

C4

Snow In Vegas (Feat. LeAnn Rimes)

3:30

D1

Back In The World

3:58

D2

The Other Side

4:27

D3

Nemesis

5:25

D4

Enter Lightly (New Track)

4:50

SKU 5060454945826
Record Label iht Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number IHTLP1602
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 28 October 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 28 October 2016
Barcode # 5060454945826
Shipping Weight 0.4750kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, 2 Brand New Tracks, Digital Download Card, First Time Some Songs Released on Vinyl!
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Rock
Format VINYL LP

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