Don't assume that because you've heard his smash single "Babylon," that you know anything about Brit David Gray. At first listen, the album matches those expectations – programmed drums, keyboards,
and a dance-hall beat evoking "Night at the Roxbury" are the fabric of the first two tracks. But first impressions can be misleading.
Unexpectedly, beginning with track 3 and carrying through the remainder of the album, organic arrangements featuring thoughtful honest lyrics unfold. Sample the vulnerability and agony in "My oh My":
What on earth is going on in my heart has it turned cold as stone? Seems these days I don't feel anything 'less it cuts me right down to the bone. . . It takes a lotta love my friend to keep your heart from freezing
to push on to the end. . . my oh my you know it just don't stop . . .
His pondering continues in "Nightblindness":
What we gonna do when the money runs out?. . . I'm sick of all the same old answers lost chances . . . How we gonna find the eyes to see a brighter day?
An album highlight is "Say Hello and Wave Goodbye", a mellow 10-minute acoustical trip featuring David's best vocals on the album, brushes on the drums,
interesting harmonies, and a lyrical tribute to Van Morrison.
It is clear from listening to this his 4th album that there is more to David Gray than "Babylon".