British singer-songwriter David Gray's tenth studio album Mutineers will be released in a few short days (June 17th). I've had the great pleasure of previewing Mutineers for the past few weeks, and I have to say I'm kinda in love with it.
I wouldn't exactly call myself an music aficionado, not by any stretch of the imagination, but I know what sounds good to me. I like a little of everything from classical to hip hop, so I'm pretty good about listening with an unbiased ear.
What grabbed me first about this album was David's smooth and even voice. It's mellow, even on the upbeat tracks. I was able to get into a good relaxing groove while listening to it. I was even able to write to it, which is huge! I'm so easily distracted that I usually write to classical tunes, but now Mutineers in full writing rotation!
The title track, Mutineers, is probably my favorite. It's a little up-tempo, not very, but enough to sway steadily. The groove escalates as the track plays on... and then there is a bit of a crescendo toward the end, like an emotional peak of sorts, that I really dig.
Another fave is Last Summer, which is more of a ballad. It has a beautiful violin piece at the end of the track that I find mesmerizing.
Then there is Snow in Vegas, which is one of those songs that makes me want to drive down the highway with the top off! Hair flying in the wind, sunglasses gleaming, heart on fire, and the biggest smile I can muster. The lyrics are a bit more relaxed than the picture I just painted, but the energy of the melody transports me to the road at about 2:19, when David exclaims "anything you want yeah, anything at all, any little thing you need, all you do is call." Gets me every time!
The first single off the album, Back in the World, is also the opening track. It's got a steady cymbal beating throughout, which forces me to bob my head to the beat.
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All the tracks are great really, I would venture to say that there isn't a single track that I don't like on the album. I like them all! And I assure you that my review of this album is not embellished, not even a little bit. It's an awesome album. If you don't believe me... pick up a copy for yourself.
Mutineers will be available on iTunes, Amazon, and DavidGray.com on Tuesday, June 17th.
This is not a paid post. I received a free download of Mutineers to aid in the facilitation of this review. All views expressed are the honest opinion of Just Say I Told You So.
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