Draw the Line

Draw the Line

by David Gray


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After taking a four-year break from the studio, David Gray announced his return with a new backing band, new label representation, and this new album. 2009's Draw the Line is consistent with the rest of Gray's catalog, proof that the songwriter's appeal rests not in those around him but in his nuanced piano ballads and warm, calloused voice. There are two duets here, one with folk artist Jolie Holland and the other with a rather militant-sounding Annie Lennox, but the best material is reserved for Gray alone. He does what he does best on songs like "Transformation," whose homespun melody is at once warm and utterly heartbreaking, but he also makes room for faster material, from the rhythmic drive of "Stella the Artist" to the casual strut of lead-off track "Fugitive." Regardless of the tempo, Gray's voice remains the centerpiece of this album, as his lived-in vocals continue to amass more conviction and grit with age. Those looking for another "Babylon" probably won't find such commercial appeal here, but David Gray hasn't concerned himself with the mainstream for years, and Draw the Line is essentially another cog in the folksy wheel he's been spinning since New Day at Midnight. [Die-hard fans may want to pick up the album's deluxe edition, which includes a 20-page booklet and a bonus CD of live performances.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
Label: Iht Records
UPC: 5060186926414
catalogNumber: 1413
Rank: 34419

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Gray   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Vocals,Vibes,Wurlitzer,Vox Organ,Hi String
Annie Lennox   Vocals
Mark Berrow   Performing Ensemble
Caroline Dale   Cello
Liz Edwards   Performing Ensemble
Roger Garland   Performing Ensemble
Simon King   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Neill MacColl   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hi String
Jim McCleod   Performing Ensemble
Maciej Rakowski   Performing Ensemble
Cathy Thompson   Performing Ensemble
Allen Walley   Performing Ensemble
Dermot Crehan   Performing Ensemble
Patrick Kiernan   Performing Ensemble
Boguslaw Kostecki   Performing Ensemble
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Andrew Parker   Performing Ensemble
David Daniels [cello]   Performing Ensemble
Samantha White   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Everton Nelson   Performing Ensemble
Alison Kelly   Performing Ensemble
Rachel Bolt   Performing Ensemble
Deborah Widdup   Performing Ensemble
Dai Emanuel   Performing Ensemble
Jim Rattigan   Horn
Emlyn Singleton   Performing Ensemble
Paddy Lannigan   Performing Ensemble
Andy Wood   Horn
Keith Prior   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jolie Holland   Vocals
Owen Slade   Horn
Chris Laurence   Performing Ensemble
Andy Greenwood   Horn
Perry Montague-Mason   Performing Ensemble
Emil Chakalov   Performing Ensemble
Mike McMenemy   Performing Ensemble
Chris Clad   Performing Ensemble
Tom Pigott-Smith   Performing Ensemble
Christopher Tombling   Performing Ensemble
Gabrielle Lester   Performing Ensemble
Don Loveday   Performing Ensemble
Robbie Malone   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Background Vocals
Andy Brown   Performing Ensemble
Ayo Oyerinde   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Stephanie Oyerinde   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Zalika King   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Dave Woodlock   Performing Ensemble
Adetoun Anibi   Choir, Chorus,Humming
John Mills   Violin
Crystal Jones   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Louise Plummer   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Tula Lynch   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Jon Ratternbury   Choir, Chorus,Humming
Kate Wilkinson   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Caroline Dale   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
David Gray   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Neill MacColl   Composer
Chris Elliott   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Iestyn Polson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Keith Prior   Composer
Owen Slade   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Robbie Malone   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Devin Becker   Artwork
Kevin Landwehr   Artwork

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