David Gray -
A New Day At Midnight
by Keavin Wiggins
With “A New Day At Midnight,” David Gray
has finally hit upon all of the right elements to make him one of the top
singer/songwriters of this generation. He seems more confident with his
songwriting and performance on this album than he did on his previous work,
where he seemed like he was feeling things out a bit trying to find his
niche. The great news is he has indeed found it and this album is by far
his best work to date.
The music is lushly produced and David’s
vocals are delivered with a soulful confidence that connects instantly
with the listener. This is one of those albums that seems to get better
and better every time you listen to it.
With his early work critics were quick
to point out the similarities between David and Van Morrison. While this
album still has some of those Van Morrison like qualities, especially the
song “Caroline,” David also touches upon such greats as Jim Croce and even
David Gray has been consistently putting
out great music for years, often being overlooked by the mainstream. His
last album “White Ladder” change all of that and he became a worldwide
sensation, selling millions of albums. So the pressure was really on to
produce an incredible follow up, and Gray has gone far beyond any expectations
with “A New Day At Midnight”.
Gray has that unique ability to project
raw emotion with his voice. Many try this and come off contrived but David’s
soulful vocals always seem to hit their mark. He also has the magic pen
for writing catchy and memorable melodies. Songs like “Long Distance Call,”
“Dead in the Water,” and the haunting “The Other Side,” really place David
heads and shoulders above other singers and songwriters of this generation.
Others musicians like Ron Sexsmith and
Chris Robinson have tried with recent releases to create music that is
commercially appealing, well written but also honest. Where they fail,
David Gray shines. “A New Day At Midnight,” is a collection of beautiful
songs that give us a glimpse into David’s genius as well as his soul. Which
is exactly what music is supposed to do.
I realize that most of our readers are
into “rockier” music but if you are looking for some stellar songwriting
and incredible vocals, you can’t go wrong with this album. For those who
appreciate soulful singer/songwriter music, this album is an absolute must!
Gray - A New Day At Midnight
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