White Ladder

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Barnes & Noble - C.O. Jones
Hardworking Welsh singer-songwriter Gray, whose three previous albums won him a devoted transatlantic cult following, achieves a substantial artistic and commercial breakthrough with this 11-song effort, his first for high-profile fan Dave Matthews' new A.T.O. label. As on his prior releases, Gray's songwriting embodies genuine emotional and compositional depth, giving such tunes as "Please Forgive Me," "Babylon," "Nightblindness," and "This Year's Love" a mood of romantic melancholy and an ageless sense of wonder that suggests that this collection is likely to have a lengthy shelf life. Where his early work maintained a straightforward acoustic folkie sound, White ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - C.O. Jones
Hardworking Welsh singer-songwriter Gray, whose three previous albums won him a devoted transatlantic cult following, achieves a substantial artistic and commercial breakthrough with this 11-song effort, his first for high-profile fan Dave Matthews' new A.T.O. label. As on his prior releases, Gray's songwriting embodies genuine emotional and compositional depth, giving such tunes as "Please Forgive Me," "Babylon," "Nightblindness," and "This Year's Love" a mood of romantic melancholy and an ageless sense of wonder that suggests that this collection is likely to have a lengthy shelf life. Where his early work maintained a straightforward acoustic folkie sound, White Ladder, integrates sampled sounds and sequenced rhythms courtesy of the artist's single-named, multi-instrumental collaborator Clune alongside the fuller band arrangements that Gray employed on his third effort Sell Sell Sell, with distinctly satisfying results. Augmenting the album's ten original Gray compositions is a tender reading of Soft Cell's heartbreaking synth-pop ballad "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye."
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Gray's a traditional acoustic guy who now augments his stark tunes and Dylan-like bray with subtle, dance-inspired arrangements that have found an unlikely home on Dave Matthews record label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882159320
  • Catalog Number: 21593
  • Sales rank: 11,004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Please Forgive Me (5:35)
  2. 2 Babylon (4:25)
  3. 3 My Oh My (4:37)
  4. 4 We're Not Right (3:03)
  5. 5 Nightblindness (4:23)
  6. 6 Silver Lining (5:59)
  7. 7 White Ladder (4:14)
  8. 8 This Years Love (4:05)
  9. 9 Sail Away (5:15)
  10. 10 Say Hello Wave Goodbye (9:03)
  11. 11 Babylon II (3:40)
  12. 12 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Gray Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Clune Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Tim Bradshaw Keyboards
4x4 Strings
Colm Mac Con Iomaire Violin
Simon Edwards Bass
Technical Credits
Marius de Vries Programming
Terry Edwards Arranger
David Gray Composer, Producer
Van Morrison Composer
Almond Composer
Steve Sydelnyk Programming
Polson Composer, Producer
Lestyn Programming, Engineer
Charles Cowen Layout
McClune Composer, Producer
Kieran Evans Director
Jason Hocking Producer
Dave Turner Mastering
Jon Bailey Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    David Gray = Musical God

    I first heard the song Babylon coming from college roommate's speakers and followed the sound. When she told me who it was, I promptly bought the entire CD and listened to it exclusively for the next month. It's a terrific album and I listen to it all the time. Highly recommend Babylon, Please Forgive Me, This Year's Love ... just buy the whole thing. I own every single David Gray song and each one is just great.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    WHY IS DAVID GRAY'S MUSIC NOT PLAYED MORE ON RADIO?

    I stumbled across David Gray on a late,late TV programme. Realised this WAS the person I never knew,except his music is a favorite out of Wmsburg,VA.A station plays him all the time and now, well, wow! He has a voice that can be someone else.A true chalmeleon.Run,do not walk, to your nearest electronic store,i.e, B&N and scoop up everything!Annie Lennox melts her voice so fantastically on a song w/D.Gray.They should do an entire c.d. of his finest.How,tho' to choose?Just fabulous!Go,buy and sit back and let the words and music lap at your toes. Feel the warmth and just Be...

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