A New Day at Midnight

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Following up his first international hit, White Ladder, which sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S., Welsh singer-songwriter David Gray seems at first to have played it safe. But as the sinuous, deeply affecting New Day at Midnight unspools, it becomes obvious that Gray doing what he knows is Gray doing what he does best. On his sixth album, the Grammy nominee reconvenes with partners Clune and Iestyn Polson, sticking to the same subtly electronic folkie vibe that gave White Ladder its crossover wings. But here the orchestrations are modestly grander: Pedal steel guitar from Brit wiz B. J. Cole meshes with the blips and beats on "Caroline"; brass and strings...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Following up his first international hit, White Ladder, which sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S., Welsh singer-songwriter David Gray seems at first to have played it safe. But as the sinuous, deeply affecting New Day at Midnight unspools, it becomes obvious that Gray doing what he knows is Gray doing what he does best. On his sixth album, the Grammy nominee reconvenes with partners Clune and Iestyn Polson, sticking to the same subtly electronic folkie vibe that gave White Ladder its crossover wings. But here the orchestrations are modestly grander: Pedal steel guitar from Brit wiz B. J. Cole meshes with the blips and beats on "Caroline"; brass and strings augment some songs; and a hypnotic kalimba lends space and depth to "Last Boat to America." But none of these detract from Gray's voice, the most endearing bleat since Dylan or Leonard Cohen, whose lyrical penchant for "honey" and women's names Gray shares. As the title hints, Gray's incisive focus falls on the moments of hope that flash from the deepest despair -- whether it's the global cataclysm rued on "Dead in the Water" or the more personal loss of "December," Gray finds a counterbalance: the aching piano chords of "Freedom" that celebrate commitment and the euphoric "Be Mine," a frankly delirious "Jumpin' Jesus, holy cow!" celebration of love that echoes White Ladder's "Sail Away." While he's equally adept at limning misery as bliss, it's love that really sends Gray over the moon, and even at his most downbeat, this gift resounds with a disarming hopefulness that's spiritual soul food in these dark days. Choosing to end the album with the elegiac "The Other Side," Gray confesses, "Honey, now if I'm honest/ I still don't know what love is." It's a patent fiction, though: New Day at Midnight shows a universal compassion deeply understood, a declaration of love in all its tattered glory.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
David Gray's 1999 release White Ladder was not only a chart hit around the globe but a career turnaround for the artist. His folky techno sound was refreshing and raw, and the public finally took notice to Gray's honest approach. White Ladder went double platinum in America and earned Gray a Grammy nod for Best New Artist. Expectations for a follow-up were naturally high, and Gray wasted no time making another album. A New Day at Midnight, intermittently recorded between his spring 2001 tour and early fall, marks his sixth. He sticks with simple acoustics and subtle string arrangements; however, A New Day at Midnight doesn't possess the heavy heart of White Ladder. Perhaps Gray wasn't going for that, but fans were looking for an emotional disposition. The structure on this particular record is much more loose and carefree. What an impressive move for Gray, for he created something from his heart and mind without concerning himself or what was expected of him. The piano-driven "Meet Me on the Other Side" highlights personal reflections with grace. "Be Mine" is lyrically sweeter, but the winter chill of "December" ironically finds a peace of mind. Gray's father passed away during the recording of A New Day at Midnight, so this is his swan song. The twinkling "Last Boat to America" offers classic White Ladder optimism, so Gray's intent in making the lush and desirable more apparent is real. Gray's definitely more introspective this time around, but he's less digital. Will fans appreciate that? Sure, but it will take some time.
Entertainment Weekly - Rob Brunner
A truly moving work. (B+)

A truly moving work. (B+)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882159429
  • Catalog Number: 21594
  • Sales rank: 143,780

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dead in the Water (3:06)
  2. 2 Caroline (3:39)
  3. 3 Long Distance Call (3:41)
  4. 4 Freedom (6:48)
  5. 5 Kangaroo (3:31)
  6. 6 Last Boat to America (4:50)
  7. 7 Real Love (4:40)
  8. 8 Knowhere (3:54)
  9. 9 December (3:35)
  10. 10 Be Mine (4:23)
  11. 11 Easy Way to Cry (3:53)
  12. 12 The Other Side (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Gray Primary Artist
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Robert Malone Bass Guitar
Tim Bradshaw Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Wurlitzer, Drones
Technical Credits
David Gray Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
George Marino Mastering
Anton Corbijn Portrait Photography
Tim Bradshaw Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Iestyn Polson Programming, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Polson Producer
McClune Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Sophie Sarota Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty good...

    Not one of my favorite David Gray albums but still classic Gray which is never a bad thing. The case was cracked but the CD wasn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous CD!

    This is a fantastic CD from start to finish. I particularly enjoy the tracks "Dead in the Water" and "The Other Side". David Gray is one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truly great album

    Four years between albums is a long time for any artist, but when it's someone as talented as David Gray and the album is as amazing as A New Day at Midnight, it's worth it! While there may not be the "big hit" song like "Babylon" on the album, David has found a way to mix the melancholy and the merry, creating some of the most poetic songs I've ever heard. One of my favorite songs, "The Other Side" (which is also the most recent single, so request it on the radio!) begins as a piano solo and maintains this beautiful melody, even as other instruments enter into the mix. The lyrics remind us that "We may race and we may run, We'll not undo what has been done, Or change the moment when it's gone." Davids emotions come through on other songs as well, from the trying-to-get-the-girl "Be Mine" to "Dead in the Water," where despite almost depressing lyrics listeners are given hope and faith through the strength of David's voice. Even if you aren't a fan of David's, try this album. It's worth every penny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Good

    In a time when good music is hard to find it is refreshing to hear this album. It is great music but also has meaning in the lyics. Highly recomended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not a bad album not a great one

    the last album had much more emotion and soul which is one of his tradmarks. This album lacks that in a big way. He should stick more with the acoustic and less with the electronics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    David Gray is a creative genius.

    David Gray knows how to make music, he knows how to pull us into his soulfull melodies.A New Day at Midnight is absolutely captivating and very very enchanting. It just takes me away. I am moved by the storyteller he is and how he does it.....so beautifully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must have David Gray Album!

    The follow up album to David's "White Ladder", "a New Day at Midnight" is a fantastic album and a must have for any David Gray fan. This album deals with a lot of different emotions (love, loss, sadness, happiness etc..) which brings out some great music that anyone and everyone can relate to! David connects well with his audience through his music on this album. A great cd to chill out to! Definitely buy it and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An engaging trip from dark to dawn.

    A solid disk all the way through. I really enjoyed the opening cracks of optimism that arises from the darker, calmer tones set in the early part of the album.

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