White Ladder [Enhanced]

White Ladder [Enhanced]

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by David Gray
     
 

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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 emotionalSee more details below

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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."

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jaime Ikeda
David Gray's fan base is strong and active. They have seen him through his years with Virgin Records, during which time he was applauded for his talent, emotive voice, and songwriting skills, yet he never quite broke through to a mainstream audience. White Ladder showcases Gray like never before. It's an album of such depth and quality that one would be hard-pressed to ignore his talent. Each song is strong and superbly crafted, both in terms of arrangement and delivery. The standouts, "Please Forgive Me" and "This Year's Love," are touching and likely to bring a tear to the eye of the listener. This album is definitely a much-needed addition to any quality music collection. With any justice, it will finally bring David Gray the success that he so rightly deserves.
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0078636935126
catalogNumber:
69351

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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
McClune   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Simon Edwards   Bass

Technical Credits

Bruce Johnson   Digital Editing
Marius de Vries   Programming
Terry Edwards   Arranger
David Gray   Producer
Clune   Producer
Dave Turner   Mastering
Phil Knott   Portrait Photography
Steve Sydelnyk   Programming
Polson   Producer
Lestyn   Programming,Engineer
McClune   Producer
Jason Hocking   Producer
Scott Wilson   Contributor
Innis Nelson   Video Editor
Jon Bailey   Engineer

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