I received a free download of the album from One2One Network in order to facilitate my review.
All opinions and disdain for whiny Brit rock are my own.
No one in this house is a fan of what we affectionately call "whiny Brit rock."
Even though we lived in the United Kingdom for years and embraced most of its culture, British music had to be something special to win us over.
David Gray is something special.
Usually it takes a couple of listens to an album before I warm up to it. That was not the case with David Gray's 10th studio album, "Mutineers." I loved track 1 from the first 4 bars. Catchy and reminiscent of his global hit "Babylon," it reminded me of how much I liked David's music.
David's fluid, almost watery style suits the title of the album. Track 5, "Last Summer" is the perfect example of that ebb and flow in his music.
There is the definite influence of world music on this album. As a musician, I appreciate when artists take risks and make nods to other genres. When that collaboration is successful as in the case of "Mutineers," it makes for an interesting listening experience.
A few of the tracks were easy to listen to and would be great "life soundtrack" music - you know, the kind of music playing in the background as you live your life. In fact, I used it as such. I walked around doing my chores while listening to the album.
I wouldn't class Mr. Gray's album as whiny Brit rock although there is a sense of melancholy about it.
The album on the whole is very enjoyable and definitely worth a listen.
You can download "Mutineers" from iTunes - http://bit.ly/DavidGrayMutineersiTunes or Amazon http://bit.ly/DGMutineersAmazon and can connect with the artist via:
Official Website - http://www.davidgray.com/
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