New David Gray Album + Contest

Posted: September 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Articles About Music | Tags: , , | 6 Comments »

David Gray - Draw the LineTwo matters of business here:

1. The new David Gray album comes out this Tuesday and I think it is swell.

The album as a whole is a return to form for Gray. His first new album  was released today on Mercer Street Records.  Despite a completely new band and a new label, Draw the Line sounds oddly familiar. The song-writing is very reminescent of the early David Gray that I first fell in love with.  I must clarify here, I am actually referring to White Ladder, Gray’s fourth record, which was the first one I ever heard.  Some of those similarities may be due to the fact that like White Ladder, all of the songs for this record were written completely uninfluenced by a record label contract.  Gray was unhindered and able to put himself completely into the songs. “It shines the light on facets of me as a performer, a writer and a singer that I haven’t perhaps illuminated as brightly enough for a long time,” says Gray, commenting on Draw the Line.  One of the highlights of the record are when Gray is accompanied on vocals by the lovely Jolie Holland on “Kathleen” and the intoxicating Annie Lennox on the album’s closer “Full Steam Ahead.”  It’s not catchy.  Nor is it flashy.  Ok maybe “Fugitive” is a little bit.  But I assure you the rest of it is not.  But if you give it some time, I assure you it will give in return.  This melancholy mix of minor-keyed ballads is good company, sure to make your ears bleed.

2. I am running a contest to give away a limited edition print of the cover art for Draw the Line.

Here are the details for the contest.  Any one can enter (if you live in the U.S.).  All you have to do is come up with a David Gray poem or haiku.  The contest will be open for the next two weeks, ending Oct. 6th.  Myself and the rest of the IHYEB staff will get together and select our favorite poem as the winner. Make sure and leave your e.mail address so that we can contact you if you win.

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6 Comments on “New David Gray Album + Contest”

  1. 1 Cody said at 10:13 pm on September 23rd, 2009:

    So, if nobody else enters,
    Can this little poem be the winner?
    I do want this prize.

  2. 2 chon said at 10:23 pm on September 23rd, 2009:

    Hard to keep breathing
    My lungs are full of fluid
    Dead in the water

    Chon Odom

  3. 3 chon said at 10:23 pm on September 23rd, 2009:

    PS– jonodom@mac.com

  4. 4 chon said at 10:37 pm on September 23rd, 2009:

    PPS- I wrote that in 12 seconds after googling “haiku” to remind myself how many syllables goes in each line. Here’s another:

    I shot my friend Shark
    I don’t know why I did it
    Oh please forgive me

  5. 5 Firehawk said at 4:39 pm on October 5th, 2009:

    my ears long to bleed
    my thighs quiver for gray’s fresh
    my loin satisfied

  6. 6 BJ said at 1:08 pm on October 6th, 2009:

    Long nights
    Sleepless they may be
    Morning’s cold kiss