12 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

English troubadour David Gray sounds like he’s rediscovered the skip in his step on 2014’s Mutineers. Partial credit is due to the album’s producer, Andy Barlow, whose résumé includes founding the ‘90s Brit-electronica group Lamb and working with singer/songwriter Damien Rice. Gray here sticks to his acoustic guitar and pianos, but Barlow programs the computer subtly behind him, so the title track has an urban feel surrounding Gray’s straight-to-the-heart approach. “Back in the World” opens the album as Gray’s statement of purpose, as he sings “Love put a joy in my heart.” From there, nothing can hurt him. “Beautiful Agony,” “Snow In Vegas,” “Birds of the High Arctic,” and “Gulls” demonstrate Gray’s ability to lift the human spirit and Barlow’s talents at finding new textures and adding the occasional orchestration that enhances the songs' intimacy. Gray’s love for vocal improvisation turns “Cake and Eat It” into a soulful experience. The bonus track “Nearly Midnight” deserves official status on the album, since it’s yet another highlight.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

English troubadour David Gray sounds like he’s rediscovered the skip in his step on 2014’s Mutineers. Partial credit is due to the album’s producer, Andy Barlow, whose résumé includes founding the ‘90s Brit-electronica group Lamb and working with singer/songwriter Damien Rice. Gray here sticks to his acoustic guitar and pianos, but Barlow programs the computer subtly behind him, so the title track has an urban feel surrounding Gray’s straight-to-the-heart approach. “Back in the World” opens the album as Gray’s statement of purpose, as he sings “Love put a joy in my heart.” From there, nothing can hurt him. “Beautiful Agony,” “Snow In Vegas,” “Birds of the High Arctic,” and “Gulls” demonstrate Gray’s ability to lift the human spirit and Barlow’s talents at finding new textures and adding the occasional orchestration that enhances the songs' intimacy. Gray’s love for vocal improvisation turns “Cake and Eat It” into a soulful experience. The bonus track “Nearly Midnight” deserves official status on the album, since it’s yet another highlight.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
265 Ratings

265 Ratings

davem3400 ,

Awesome

Love Gulls. Great song, full of grit. I find myself listening to it over and over again. I have been hoping for an album like Life In Slow Motion… This song is reminiscent. Looking forward to June!

MutineersFan ,

Reviews

As of now, there are two complete idiots who have no idea how great of an artist David Gray actually is.

tgifbob ,

Saw him perform this album live in L.A. - KILLER!!

At his absolutely brilliant show at the Wilshire-Ebell theater last Thursday David Gray performed the entire new Mutineers album at the top of the concert and it was stellar! He’s taken his always-amazing musical integrity and kicked it up a couple big levels. Lyrically, melodically and arrangement-wise, these are some of the most powerful and moving songs he’s ever done. If the album captures even half of the impact of his live performance of these songs, it will be truly exceptional. And by all means, go see him live!

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