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White Ladder
     

White Ladder

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 emotional

Overview

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."

Editorial Reviews

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:
0880882159320
catalogNumber:
21593

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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
Jon Bailey   Engineer

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