Review of Back in the World by David Gray
Not long ago we reviewed a new single, Gulls, from the much loved David Gray. It was a slightly different sound than we’re used to from this national treasure, a lot more haunting and soul searching. Well, now he’s back with a new video for a new single and, if you weren’t a fan of the last one, you’ll be happy to hear that this single is much more like the David Gray we fell in love with fifteen years ago, when the unforgettable White Ladder album was first released.
Back in the World is an upbeat, foot tapping little number which is hugely reminiscent of Gray’s older work, without making it feel like he’s just a one trick pony. Taken away with that folksy voice and familiar soft tempo, this track is steady melodies and memorable chorus builds with some beautiful piano playing woven through out. The track evokes a light, positive feeling, much similar to what one feels when listening to Gray’s memorable hits Babylon.
A few fans have critiqued this track to be ‘over produced’ and ‘lacking in emotion’. The latter, in my opinion, couldn’t be further from the truth. The emotion is present and raw if you really listen to the lyrics. As far as production goes then yes, there has been more fiddles and tweaks on this track than some of Gray’s earlier work, but considering we live in the age of auto tune and laptop created symphonies, David’s done pretty damn well ‘keeping it real’ as well as keeping up with the times.
The album Mutineers is out 30th June and the UK tour runs from present until mid July (see dates below)
June 23 Birmingham Symphony Hall
June 24 London Royal Albert Hall
June 26 Gateshead The Sage
June 28 Westport Festival Westport, Ireland
June 30 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
July 2 York Barbican
July 3 Manchester Lowry Theatre
July 5 Daytripper Festival Waterford, Ireland
July 6 Groove Festival County Wicklow, Ireland
July 8 Bristol Colston Hall
July 9 Bournemouth Pavilion
Review by Hev Bailey