I was talking to some friends recently about music and the arts and how so often we find that people only support the arts they approve of, especially in the Christian culture. I grew up listening to a very limited selection of music and wasn’t introduced to much else till I was in my late teens because “not all Christian music was wholesome” and non-Christian music certainly wasn’t ok. Fast forward many years and you’ll find me liking and supporting a wide variety of music. I feel that Christian or not, when you have been given the gift of music and you share it with the world, you are ministering to and touching people. In our discussion I used David Gray’s music as an example of this because I find that I write and code best to the folk-rock genre and my absolute favorite Pandora station is the David Gray station. While I have other favorite stations (MercyMe for housework and Norah Jones when I’m feeling sappy) this particular genre helps me focus and get things done.
When One2One Network gave me the opportunity to review David Gray’s new album, Mutineers, (available today, June 17th!) a few weeks early I nearly squealed with delight. I’ve been listening to Mutineers for a couple weeks now and I can’t find a favorite song because I love them all so much, but I do think Back in the World Again has a certain pep and joy to it that makes me smile. Birds of the High Arctic is lonesome and beautiful and will probably end up on my all-time favorites list. I’m a sucker for sad songs.
Enjoy Back in the World Again – Official Video
Mutineers is David Gray’s tenth studio album and his first in four years. Wow. No wonder we’re all so excited!
Recorded in Church Studios, London and produced by Andy Barlow (Lamb), whose brief was to not let Gray “make the same record I’ve made before.” While not quite the classic David Gray we’re all used to, Mutineers is a quality fun sound and I’m loving it! I really appreciate it when an artist is brave enough to branch out a bit and David Gray does this without alienating true fans. Muntineers “seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly and finds Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history.” In his own words,
I know I’ve done something here that has an authority that is inspiring me and I don’t have to worry about my past or any of that. The lovely thing about this is we’ve had the time to experiment, and it’s been wonderful. – David Gray
Mutineers Track Listing:
Back in the World
As the Crow Flies
Snow in Vegas
Cake and Eat It
Birds of the High Arctic
Girl Like You
Nearly Midnight (bonus track)
I received a free download of the album to review from One2One Network. All fan-girl gushiness is my own crazy love and respect for David Gray’s music.