Life in Slow Motion

Life in Slow Motion

by David Gray
     
 

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Life in Slow Motion is an appropriate name for David Gray's sixth album. It's languid and deliberate -- not that this is a bad place for Gray to be, or that it's even a big change of pace for him. As the years passed, he's trimmed away the faster tempos from his music, leaving behind an even-keeled, meditative, soft reflective folk-pop that brought him a hit in

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Life in Slow Motion is an appropriate name for David Gray's sixth album. It's languid and deliberate -- not that this is a bad place for Gray to be, or that it's even a big change of pace for him. As the years passed, he's trimmed away the faster tempos from his music, leaving behind an even-keeled, meditative, soft reflective folk-pop that brought him a hit in 2000 with "Babylon" from his fourth album, White Ladder. Life in Slow Motion isn't too far removed from that album, although it does lack the then-fashionable vague electronica underpinnings. In their place is a mildly lush but not elaborate production that's tasteful and classy, and Gray's songwriting is well mannered and well intentioned. If Gray didn't have a slight rasp to his voice, this music would simply wash over you, since it's a calm, clean album ideal for either background music at work or late-night introspection. Thankfully, the bit of grit in his voice is enough to ground the music. Life in Slow Motion is especially low-key and quiet compared to Gray's other albums, requiring close listening to catch the subtleties in either the lyrics or the music. That means it's a rewarding listen mainly for the faithful who have the time, patience, and inclination to dig into this. [Life in Slow Motion was re-released on CD in 2015.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2015
Label:
Iht Records
UPC:
5060186926391
catalogNumber:
1410
Rank:
53207

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Gray   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Vocals,Melodica,Wurlitzer
Simon Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
Caroline Dale   Cello
Marius de Vries   Synthesizer,Percussion,Autoharp,Glockenspiel,Recorder,Background Vocals
Kick Horns   Brass
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
David Nolte   Autoharp,Cello,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Melodica,Sampling
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Annie Whitehead   Trombone
Clune   Dulcimer,Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Background Vocals
Tim Bradshaw   Piano,Cello,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar
Nigel Black   French Horn
Dave Lee   French Horn
David Stewart   Bass Trombone
Natalie Mendoza   Background Vocals
Frank Ricotta   Orchestral Percussion
Tim Jones   French Horn
Michael Thompson   French Horn
Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Rob Malone   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Double Bass

Technical Credits

Simon Clarke   Assistant Arranger
Marius de Vries   Producer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Gray   Composer,Producer
Isobel Griffiths   String Contractor
David Nolte   Orchestration
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Clune   Whistle
Chris Elliott   Orchestration
Tim Bradshaw   String Arrangements
Alexis Smith   Programming
Iestyn Polson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jason Boshoff   Programming
Joanna Thornhill   Cover Photo
Craig McClune   Composer,Producer
Bradshaw   Composer

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