DAVID GRAY

The Best Of ★★★ Kobalt La­bel Ser­vices/ IHT Records

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Per­son­ally se­lected from Gray’s first quar­ter-cen­tury as a record­ing artist, The Best Of leans heav­ily on re­cent al­bums as well as the still ubiq­ui­tous White Lad­der sin­gles that cat­a­pulted him from strug­gling trou­ba­dour to transat­lantic star. The non-chrono­log­i­cal or­der em­pha­sises Gray’s con­sis­tency at pen­ning solid if un­spec­tac­u­lar, slow-tempo folk songs. In a ca­reer fea­tur­ing sub­tle tweaks rather than rad­i­cal re­designs, pick­ing highlights is like be­ing asked to choose your favourite shade of white – the so­porific pi­ano and gui­tar-based num­bers even­tu­ally morph into one. That said, the tex­tures in­tro­duced on 2014’s Mu­ti­neers are promis­ing, and com­pletists should jus­ti­fi­ably en­joy new song Smoke Without

Fire, while the cu­ri­ous will find an ef­fort­lessly mild playlist for din­ner par­ties. davidgray.com

In a ca­reer fea­tur­ing sub­tle tweaks rather than rad­i­cal re­designs, pick­ing highlights is like be­ing asked to choose your favourite shade of white

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