Draw the Line

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
After taking a four-year break from the studio, David Gray announced his return with a new backing band, new label representation, and this new album. 2009's Draw the Line is consistent with the rest of Gray's catalog, proof that the songwriter's appeal rests not in those around him but in his nuanced piano ballads and warm, calloused voice. There are two duets here, one with folk artist Jolie Holland and the other with a rather militant-sounding Annie Lennox, but the best material is reserved for Gray alone. He does what he does best on songs like "Transformation," whose homespun melody is at once warm and utterly heartbreaking, but he also makes room for faster ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
After taking a four-year break from the studio, David Gray announced his return with a new backing band, new label representation, and this new album. 2009's Draw the Line is consistent with the rest of Gray's catalog, proof that the songwriter's appeal rests not in those around him but in his nuanced piano ballads and warm, calloused voice. There are two duets here, one with folk artist Jolie Holland and the other with a rather militant-sounding Annie Lennox, but the best material is reserved for Gray alone. He does what he does best on songs like "Transformation," whose homespun melody is at once warm and utterly heartbreaking, but he also makes room for faster material, from the rhythmic drive of "Stella the Artist" to the casual strut of lead-off track "Fugitive." Regardless of the tempo, Gray's voice remains the centerpiece of this album, as his lived-in vocals continue to amass more conviction and grit with age. Those looking for another "Babylon" probably won't find such commercial appeal here, but David Gray hasn't concerned himself with the mainstream for years, and Draw the Line is essentially another cog in the folksy wheel he's been spinning since New Day at Midnight. [Die-hard fans may want to pick up the album's deluxe edition, which includes a 20-page booklet and a bonus CD of live performances.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/2009
  • Label: Downtown
  • UPC: 878037010923
  • Catalog Number: 70109
  • Sales rank: 9,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fugitive (3:43)
  2. 2 Draw the Line (4:23)
  3. 3 Nemesis (5:26)
  4. 4 Jackdaw (3:54)
  5. 5 Kathleen (3:49)
  6. 6 First Chance (5:59)
  7. 7 Harder (3:51)
  8. 8 Transformation (3:22)
  9. 9 Stella the Artist (3:37)
  10. 10 Breathe (4:39)
  11. 11 Full Steam (4:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Gray Primary Artist
Technical Credits
David Gray Composer
Alan MacColl Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gray all the Way!

    I liked it.. a lot!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Draw a line under the word Perfect

    Each and every song is anticipated, and well-placed. It seems I've had this album for about a year, as much as I have listened to it already (it's only been a little over a month). Then again, all of Gray's albums are that way. He has a timeless quality to his songs, and yet his music has continually developed and evolved in richness and warmth, especially as felt on his last two albums, Life in Slow Motion and Draw The Line (though not to detract at all from the brilliance of his albums previous to those). I think that him having his own full-blown recording studio and an growing arsenal of instruments has something to do with this.

    He is such a thoughtful musician in his choice of instruments and the sounds he and his band conjure from them. His songwriting is, as it always has been, top-notch and among the best out there. He seems to genuinely love his music, as displayed on each carefully-crafted album and when you see him perform live. Concerts don't get much better. I'm glad I live in the time of David Gray's music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved this CD

    I am a David Gray fan, and this CD is as good or better than any of them. Very unique poetic images and great musicality. The songs with additional vocals by Annie Lenox and Jolie Holland were terrific.

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