ALBUM REVIEW: David Gray - Gold in a Brass Age
I was a big fan of David Gray when he released his excellent records ‘Babylon,’ ‘This Year’s Love’ and ‘Sail Away’ back in the late ‘90s and early 2000s.
His ‘White Ladder’ album, featuring those songs, was actually his second album and is the one that made people sit up and take notice.
It gained him Brit Award nominations for best male and Grammy nominations, and his music featured in the soundtracks of TV and film.
But I don’t think he has managed to emulate the success of his White Ladder album, despite his latest being his eleventh album.
Although I listened to the album the whole way through several times, it just seemed to fade into the background.
Gray’s voice is soothing enough but there are no stand out tracks on here that I can mention. He has used elements of electronica in this album in an attempt to make it different to previous albums but, to me, the tracks all sounded very similar.
It’s a bit like the recent confession by Eminem that he feels he may never top the success of his Marshall Mathers album. I do hope David Gray can do better.
The album is out on March 8.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall