Sell, Sell, Sell

Sell, Sell, Sell

by David Gray
     
 

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David Gray's spare, home-recorded White Ladder, issued Stateside in 2000 by Dave Matthews's ATO Records label, will surely be remembered as the Welsh singer-songwriter's breakthrough album. But his hard-earned success was a long time in coming. Released in 1996 on the heels of two stately,

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David Gray's spare, home-recorded White Ladder, issued Stateside in 2000 by Dave Matthews's ATO Records label, will surely be remembered as the Welsh singer-songwriter's breakthrough album. But his hard-earned success was a long time in coming. Released in 1996 on the heels of two stately, introspective albums, Sell Sell Sell finds the singer indulging for the first time in the full arrangements of a rock band, adding touches of piano, organ, and synths. While Gray's evocative, Celtic-favored vocals resonate sweetly on "Hold on to Nothing" and spit bitterness on the title cut, Sell Sell Sell is marked by a lush sound more in keeping with albums from American kin like the Jayhawks or Matthews's band. Failing, however, to live up to its title, Sell Sell Sell wound up getting Gray dropped from his label, despite his aggressive touring with the Matthews Band and Radiohead. He couldn't have known it at the time, but Gray's frustration with major labels and big-budget recordings would prompt him to record and release the low-key, low budget White Ladder and, ironically, find the success that had so long eluded him. Now reissued and reaching new hordes of fans, Sell Sell Sell stands as a gorgeous, dynamic folk-inspired rock album that invites and rewards rediscovery.

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All Music Guide - Kelly McCartney
On Sell, Sell, Sell, David Gray plugs in and cranks it up a notch higher than on his previous release, Flesh. Where once there were sparse arrangements of acoustic guitar and piano, now there are live jangling electrics and drums. Gray's voice, however, is just as raw and piercing as ever, in a good way. No matter the instrumentation, his vocal performances always best convey the message, whether urgent or tender. He does have a few quiet moments sprinkled throughout Sell, Sell, Sell, but the larger scheme is loud, driving, and powerful. "Hold on to Nothing," "Smile," and "Gutters Full of Rain" are songs that bear the torch of longing that filled so much of Flesh. Naked Gray, coffeehouse Gray -- that's what they seem to recall, and quite well. That's not to say that the rocking stuff is no good. It's good. It's smart, melodic folk-rock done up with emotion and talent. As a writer, Gray's vision has expanded to include more social observations along with his personal tribulations. The loss of faith and innocence and the coldness of winter and greed are both reoccurring themes throughout the album. Even the titles suggest the importance of what lies within the melodic lines -- "Faster, Sooner, Now," "Sell, Sell, Sell," "Everytime," "Forever Is Tomorrow Is Today." The pace and tone are set from the word go, or "hey" as the case may be. All in all, this is a fine next step in the evolution of a wonderfully talented young artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003015325
catalogNumber:
30153

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