David Gray – Babylon

I came across David Gray a number of months ago and went out and purchased his second latest release Draw the Line – Deluxe Edition.  I bought the Deluxe Edition as it has a second CD with many of his best hits sung live.  The album is solid and I would recommend adding it to any collection.  All the songs on both CDs are worth a listen and I really like the live CD, even though I usually do not like live albums.  I don’t know how I missed this guy as he has sold 12 million albums and has the all time bestselling album in Ireland – White Ladder – and it was released in 1998.

David Gray is a great songwriter and story teller; I have visions of seeing him in a small bar with a crowd of friends singing along with all the other patrons.  It reminds me of  a bar that used to be at McMaster University called the Rat, and that brings a smile to my face.  I think it is this imagery that makes Babylon the song of the week.  I like the live version better than the studio version of this song.  There is a part in the song where David does not sing but the crowd does and it sounds fantastic but I could not find that song on YouTube so you will need to purchase the live version of Babylon from the Draw the Line album to hear it.  You need to crank this one up to really appreciate it.  Give it a few listens and it will grow on you.

Other notables on the album include:

Draw the Line – CD

Fugitive

Jackdaw

Stella the Artist

Breathe

Full Steam

 Deluxe Edition – Live CD

World to Me

Ain’t No Love

The One I Love

 
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