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White Ladder

David Gray

1998

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White Ladder

Rating

3.16

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It’s not bad, it’s just so generic and irrelevant, can't believe this was trending back in 01' and I'm glad I missed it (on the other hand I was 13 at the time so it was all Nu metal for me lol). I'm reading this gave way to artists such as James Blunt and Ed Sheeran and well, someone owns us an apology.

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Nondescript background music for people who like Coldplay.

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5

Super nice. Interesting to read that it was self released but flopped and it only made it big through a rerelease 2 years later

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5

I can't be objective about this one, it was a road trip staple for my family when I was growing up. Even today, listening to sounds like watching a beautiful summer day or autumnal sunset pass by outside my car window.

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5

god damn this album is 🔥 I didn't realize all his hits were on the same album. I LOVE david gray

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5

So far this is the best album yet. I’m going in completely blind and love the first song. Such a different vibe with catchy lyrics.

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Ok I guess. Pretty boring. Listworthy = 👎

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The singles from this album were everywhere when it first came out, and I hated it then. I was a teenager at the time, and it seemed like everyone's mum was a fan. I had hoped it might have improved upon a revisit, but no. It actually sounds even worse. The mixes are sparse, poorly recorded, terrible production, really awful electric drum and synth sounds, acoustic guitar loops incredibly weak and monotonous. His whiny, nasally voice was, and still is, an assault on the ears. And the songs themselves are just... nothing. As if the singles weren't bad enough, the other tracks are beyond boring. I can't believe this was as popular as it was, though it clearly struck a chord with a lot of people. About as bland and uninspiring as it is possible to be. Despite being ubiquitous when first released, it thankfully never stood the test of time and seemed to disappear before too long. Unfortunately, I was reminded of it when it came up on this list. Hopefully this is the last time I ever have to hear this abomination. I have no idea why this album is on this list. Nobody needs to hear this before they die. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a few people have died from boredom while being subjected to this steaming pile of shit.

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5

Love this album. Saw him in concert 2019, Mesa, AZ.

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5

I like that Dave Matthews put him on the map. This was very good. Very british.

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5

Een van mijn favoriete artiesten. Geweldig album! David is een held.

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Erg goed album, maar naar mijn bescheiden mening niet eens de beste uit David Gray's oeuvre. Meeslepend, diepgang en steengoede tracks!

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I am in love with this album

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Excellent

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Shitty synth patches and drum machines destroy whatever impact this music might have had. And let's just say that David Gray's voice is an acquired taste. The compositions are utterly undistinguished as are the arrangements. Bland and forgettable middle of the road pop. I can't speak to the lyrics because I couldn't get past the music.

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Gay

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Snooze. Folk with a drum machine, in the vein of every generic whiner on AOR today.

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I distinctly remember someone comparing this dude to Bob Dylan back when this album dropped. Lolololololol.

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This baby food was dog awful the first go around when it seemed to be the only music for sale at Borders - on what basis is it considered one of the top 1001 albums to listen to before you die? Just how close to death does one have to be to enjoy David Gray?

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You know what, on the first side I wasn't completely revolted and though strictly background music was prepared to give it two stars. The second side is dreary though and culminates in the -5 stars for Say hello Wave Goodbye which is unlistenable to, by me at least. Was it the buskers fave which got him a deal. What goes on on Grafton Street should stay there.

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This guy is like Bob Dylan, if Bob Dylan has no passion. It is an entire album of the same 2 notes sung, cheap drums that never change, low-effort tune that goes nowhere. No pace changes, no tone changes, no intensity changes. It's like listening to someone whisper for an hour. Utterly unredeemable. If you've heard the first 30 seconds of any song, you've heard the whole album. Try this: load up the whole album, and then click to a random spot in a random song, and then do it again, and again, and again. See if you can even tell that you're in a different song. Utter boring trash.

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So much nostalgia it hurts.

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Not my usual, but solidly good. I would listen again, give me more!

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Great album, one I own and had not listened to in far too long.

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5

Such a pleasure to listen to. Loved This Year's Love and Please Forgive Me in particular. Not a bad song on White Ladder. A great folktronica album.

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5

Good album. Babylon is a timeless classic - many in this album have similar vibes, and are relaxing to listen to

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5

I fucking love this album. Loved it back in the day, and it's still a pleasure to listen to.

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5

Quietly composed and wrapped in tiny moments throughout. There are times in this album when I really just wanted to go back to the previous track but the next one was just as good. Stellar!

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5

This was a great album, in terms of study/background music. A few great tracks but some were a bit more forgettable. Having read about his car collection and his Top Gear time, I’m going to give this guy another shot!

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5

Classic. As an Irish person it is impossible to vote this down. Slows a bit in the middle. According to the stats go...1 in 4 houses had a copy of the album. Although I think I had 2 😂

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Кажется, великовость этого альбома заключается в лирике, но мне так не пойдёт. Ритм гитарной песни аккурат не совпадает с ритмом дню, поэтому я не буду его слушать полностью)

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5

Really great album.

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5

Brilliant.

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2/23 He bodied this genre combo, real dope mix of electronic production with deep folk vocals. Standout Tracks: Please Forgive Me, My Oh My, Nightblindness, This Year's Love, Say Hello Wave Goodbye

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3,5/5

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Something about this album that is actually soothing and enjoyable. Nice voice, the electronics are a nice added touch

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Great soothing album

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Surprisingly great album, even outside of This Year's Love

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A good folk album, easy listening.

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Really loved. Reminded me of Alicia.

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Enjoyed this. Quite chilled, laidback electronica - with acoustic guitars leading the music. I do have a soft-spot for late-90s dance/electronica. It was a bit more moody than I expected, as I only knew Babylon before listening. Babylon was the obvious standout though, and also This Year's Love.

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Really surprised I don't recognize this artist, because I did recognize some songs, and most were bangers! A little short of a 'GREAT' album, it was still really nice to check out.

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Really nice album

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Schönes Ding, ruhige Sonntagsplatte hab zwei Songs gespeichert

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I'll never choose this, but totally appreciate the quality

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This is a great album. Smooth, chill, and yet soulful. You can hear the origin story of artists from James Blunt to Ed Sheeran, but David is not nearly as smarmy or annoying as James or Ed. You can also hear why Dave Matthews liked it too.

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Oh! That song is called Babylon. Someone likes Dylan, got it.

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Enjoyed this a lot. Great emotion in his vocals and the acoustic adds great warmth to his sound. Piano was well selected on a few points. Wave Hello, Say Goodbye was such a good departing track.

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Beautiful songs. Re

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Chill! Pretty voice! Solid 4 for me

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pretty nice album! not really my go-to style but its good. my least favorite part is the Eddie Vedder-y singing style

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I used to listen to this album a lot in college. I think it's a bit harder now, but I still enjoy it sometimes.

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Grand, I don't get that pure nostalgia off it fully yet

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For some reason, this was really popular with my friend group when it came out in HS. This is giving me a lot of feelings. I’m not sure I actually like it, but I like it, ya know?

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4/5

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This is clearly a good album, and damn popular. For people into the mellow acoustic sound this is great. I'm not totally into it, but i can appreciate it separately.

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A quiet acoustic guitar with light electronic processing and smooth voice. Stay Awhile and Listen

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it was okay

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Singersongwriter Folk Pop Schöne ruhige Musik zum Kaffeetrinken und Fenster schauen Mich hats an ed sheeran erinnert

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Really good musicanship from David Gray. I like the acoustic vibe of the music. Babylon is a fantastic song

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Turned out that I knew and really liked Babylon already.

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Great songs and great album

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Great easy listening, a couple obvious greats.

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1998! i'm quite liking this. i was going to unwind (after a long day and too much driving) listening to megan thee stallion but this works too. didn't like the last three tracks.. i'll comeback to this album for tracks 1-7 which were amazing. my brain's too fried to elaborate.

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Nice voice

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This was a very nice album. Very much of a Ryan Adams vibe for a lot of the songs. Great singer too with a bit more of a raspy voice than Adams. I wish some of the percussion was more natural, less electronic sounding. 3.75 stars

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I found the track "Babylon" a few months before it was in regular rotation on the radio. I listened to that track again and again. I was curious about the rest of the album and was happy to find that "Babylon" was not an outlier. The album works as a whole. "Babylon" is still my favorite, with "Please Forgive Me" and "Silver Lining" as a good follow up. I would listen to this album again.

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Приятное исполнение, лёгкая хорошая музыка в жанре фолктроника конца 90х

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Lots of songs I didn't realize I knew. A relaxing album. I will be listening again.

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Un dels millors discos del génere dels 90. 'Babylon' per suposat és un dels grans hits dels 90, per la seva bellesa i la seva qualitat, però és que la resta del disc no va gaire per sota. Destacant sobretot el portentós de la veu de Gray i la seva manera d'omplir l'espai, gairebé de forma cinemàtica.... un disc per conservar

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Very nice. Will listen again

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Но мне не очень

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A good chilled out electronic pop folk album. If that's a genre? Stand out tracks - My oh My - Sail Away - This Year's Love.

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I liked!! Big main character energy

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A classic

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Co-worker asked if I was okay listening to this album all day. Solid album with lots of great mellow songs. Was especially impressed with the nine minute closer. Fave tracks: “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye” “Babylon”

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A little embarrassed to admit it, but this is a great album.

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Ol' wobby-head has still got it.

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I have listened to this album a few times before. Babylon was a massive hit (deservedly) when I was in university and my brother's roommate had a copy of the album that we would borrow. I love his voice; this is the kind of album I'll put on when I'm looking for a little nostalgia and maybe a little longing for something gone by (single tear). It certainly has that mood. This Year's Love in particular gets me every time - I can rarely listen to it just once. An all time fave. Lyrics are good too, as long as you're up for sadness. What I don't love is the drum tracks and computer synth that became all the rage then and/or continued for singer-songwriters (e.g., Daniel Bedingfield, eventually Gotye). Tracks 3-7 are a little monotonous (or uneven) but I am a fan of the other 5 tracks. So probably a 3.5 in the end, and I fully admit I'm rounding up because of nostalgia.

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I love this album

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Not too bad! Didn't know what to expect going in but liked most of it!

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Couple of bangers Solid

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This is really nice. Very mellow but has a great feel to it, and David Gray's voice is one-of-a-kind. 4 stars.

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Dad tunes - I like This Year's Love

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I haven't listened to this for ages, and had forgotten how much I liked it. It's a bit of its time, particularly his voice, but overall it's very good.

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I really liked this album when it came out and I saw David Gray perform in Boston when he toured in the U.S. right after the album was released here. It was a good concert. Likable fellow and performs well. I haven't really listened to it straight through in a long time. I never got sick of it per se, but I think the long break is good because today listening to the whole album again shows me the songs still click nicely for me. It's a really strong group of songs. I have to admit I don't think I've heard much of his catalog since then and looking at the Wikipedia entry about him, he's done a ton of stuff over the years. I'll have to check it out.

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great voice, classic album sound.

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I genuinely enjoyed this and found there were a bunch of songs I knew but had never really thought to put into the same basket.

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Solid throughout

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Songs on here that will be in my heart forever. Early folktronica? Where David led, Ed followed.

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Some beautiful songs here which outweigh the weaker points of the album and make it worth it.

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The album still stands up today, with the stand-out tracks Babylon and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye.

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3/16/22 I really liked this album. A very easy listen. Added two songs into my playlists. I want to be better about giving 5s so I might give this a 5, but I’m not sure. I wish this was on a 10 point scale because it would be a solid 9! Favorite song; Babylon

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Listened to on 3/16/22 4/5 Favorite song: Babylon The PERFECT background working soundtrack - so good and easy to listen to

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Solid album overall, easy listening. Babylon, Sail Away, This Year's Love, White Ladder, Nightblindness, We're Not Right and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye all leaves a strong impression.

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Smooth like Skippy

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Não conhecia tbm e adorei, mais um pra lista de ouvir mais. Melhores músicas: This Year's Love e Please Forgive me

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Great! Brings back memories for all, including a blue Mercedes, trips to the beach, Fatima Mansions, and David Gray's big bobbly head. Very coherent album, even if that means it's a little samey. Some fantastic individual songs like 'Please Forgive Me' and 'Sail Away'. 4/5.

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Great acoustic work. I do not know if it was because I was on the right mood or what else, but happened to like most songs from the first listen.

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This was a very nice album. Very much of a Ryan Adams vibe for a lot of the songs. Great singer too with a bit more of a raspy voice than Adams. I wish some of the percussion was more natural, less electronic sounding. 3.75 🌟

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Better than I remember.

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Safe middle of the road...

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Good, but kinda boring

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Folk/rock with some interesting production Not really my jam

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I didn't really get it, and after awhile, I decided I didn't care enough to keep trying to get it. It's a guy pouring his heart out into some pedestrian, mediocre songs. At least the effort's there. Best track: This Year's Love

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Better than I thought it would be... More like 3.5 stars

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Good rainy day tunes.

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pretty chill but not a ton of jams

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Pretty chill soft rock, instrumentation leaves something to be desired but his voice is kinda soothing.

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Oh I see what he did here. 90s acoustic singer does electronica. Not horrible.

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Slow...

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Someone could remix this album and probably make a good edm tracks

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Rock folk muy melódico. Suave.

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Was ok, not my normal listening pleasure

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Un bon albom qui ressemble a nos chanteurs kodernes. 3.25

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Well produced album with great vocals. I liked several of the songs in it, but I just found it to drag on towards the end due to the many slow songs. Could use a few up tempo numbers to change up the dynamics.

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Liked it, calm.

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Easy listening folky 90s tunes. I remembered Babylon from movies. Most played song on the album has like 162m listens at the time of writing and it's not even that good. 6/10.

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Just a little boring. Sounds nice though

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Folk inglés. Entretenido.

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3 stars

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Not bad, pretty chill overall but the guy has a big of a Neil Young Voice and the songs are a little long.

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Sounded nice, but kinda boring idk

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Nigdzie poza brytania muzyki sie nie tworzy wedlug listy, wiec kolejny wyspiarski dodatek do kolekcji, tym razem calkowita nowosc, bo nie kojarza pana Graya, rok prawie 2k, bo 1998 a tutaj takie folkowe gransko, po pierwszym rzucie oka na okladne mialem dziwne uczucie, ze gdzies juz to widzialem, okazalo sie ze the who i ich tommy stylistycznie troche przypomina okladke laddera, a co do muzyki to z tego okresu chyba nie slyszalem rownie rownego albumiku folkowego, nie jest to klasyczny folk, bo pojawiaja sie elementy nowoczesnej muyzki, jak chocby mocne wykorzystanie overduba, bo pan Gray samemu ogrywa gitarke, klawisze, pianino jednoczesnie przy czym jeszcze wokaluje, dodatkowe instrumenty, to oczywiscie basior, jakies smyczki, ale czuc, ze jest to albumik robiony przez jednosobowa armie, da sie tego sluchac, ale kontent liryczny potrafi troche znudzic, bo jednak wiekszosc kawalkow to milosne balladowania, na plejke wrzucam babylona i tytulowy white ladder

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slow to average

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It’s a solid album - there were more than a couple tracks that I enjoyed a lot. I was hoping for a little more energy in it somewhere though

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Toffe plaat. Fijne sfeer. Niks meer, niks minder.

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Very soothing. Surprised at how many tracks I recognised. Listened to it twice and enjoyed it. ***

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Had a good time listening to this while driving Costco Run around Issaquah with a kayak on my roof. I'm increasingly recognizing that any individualism of my self is purely delusion and my movements through life have already been laid out before me. I am walking the path of "Guy who enjoys listening to White Ladder while driving his midsize pickup truck with a kayak strapped to the top that he bought his wife for her birthday. When he gets home he will change his baby's diapers." What's scarier is I'm coming to accept and embrace what this all means. I just had two hardboiled eggs and half a cup of black coffee for breakfast. Went to the doctor for an annual wellness exam and some bloodwork. I had a minor heart palpitation, so we will be monitoring that. I'm looking forward to the salad I will have for lunch this afternoon. If the weather holds and no clients schedule calls with me, maybe I'll go on a bike ride this afternoon. I will play with my daughter this evening, have a sensible dinner, maybe one glass of wine, and be in bed by 9:30. This is my path; this is my Babylon.

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I can definitely imagine low rise girls and pooka she’ll boys really digging this album. I imagine this was legend when it came out. By my count there are 4 great songs on this album. The rest are pretty meh. The digital/synth and acoustic singer songwriter combo is interesting, though I’m not sure if he pulls it off. A lot of the backing tracks sound like very generic 2000 pop and really dated. I almost wonder if he simply went voice/guitar and voice/piano this would be better unaccompanied. But you can’t deny those 4 songs. B, 3

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1001 is showing off it's dirty diaper British teeth with this one. David actually sounds pretty fresh in 2021 with this electro-folk thing. Not a million miles away from Folklore, and in a few rare spots, In Rainbows. Still squarely nostalgic and 90s at the same time. Takes me back to listening to 103.7 The Mountain in my dad's aquamarine Saturn coupe with a spoiler. If only to have known in those moments that one day I would inherit that sexy car and that all adult contemporary radio stations would cease to exist. This album was consistently enjoyable from start to finish like a grande Starbucks drip coffee with plenty of cream and the NYT Monday crossword on my lap. B

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It's alright. All the appeal of folk music with a hint of electronic sound.

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sans intêret comme le derneir album de chrisdusseld, 3/5 sans conviction

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This Year's Love é a melhor, tanto que é a mais famosa. Mas é um álbum bem gostosinho de ouvir, ouviria mais vezes.

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Ye, some nice pop

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Slow, chill, can see why it's liked but not exactly my style.

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Folksy reminds me of Bob Dylan. Nice poetry.

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I liked Babylon, We're Not Right, Silver Lining, Sail Away, and Say Hello, Wave Goodbye Decent album, though not pushing any boundaries and pretty safe and inoffensive

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Pretty good. Folk-ish.

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Nothing special

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Not bad better than most of the stuff I’ve heard so far

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// Favs: This Year's Love / Sail Away Score: Decent to Strong 3

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Nightblindness, this year’s love, sail away

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Nice but not memorable.

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Melodic and gentle.

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3.5 - Simple, soulful songs that feel emotionally genuine.

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Pretty standard singer/songwriter stuff with some nice drum machine flourishes here and there. The songs are well written, if a little forgettable. Gray clearly has some Bob Dylan influences. Not bad, more of a 3.25/3.5. Favorite tracks: "White Ladder", "We're Not Right", "Nightblindness"

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I like the smooth chillness of the music, but the singer has this Bob Dylan-ish 'eaaaaagh' sound that doesn't work for me. Middle of the pack.

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Meh. Wikipedia describes this as Folktronica, I guess I can see that. It's honestly pretty boring, but necessarily bad though.

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I can see how this album paved the way for acclaimed artists nowadays. Favourite track: this year's love

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I've definitely never listened to this whole album. I know Babylon and remember when it was a big hit and maybe I've heard another song or two from this album in passing at some point. It's not bad, I probably wouldn't go too far out of my way to put it on again or explore more of Gray's music but it wouldn't make me change the station on the radio or anything if it came on. It's fine.

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3

Good background folk with some electronic twinges. Doesn't feel super special or groundbreaking.

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Slow soft rock, easy listening and a decent album, List worthiness comes from influence

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Some (let's say 4) very good and celebrated songs. A famed Soft Cell cover version. I think the somewhat effected vocal style grates in the second half. The downbeat gentleness needs a boost. Not as good as people made out at the time.3 out of 5

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Loved a few songs for nostalgia reasons but I think they go downhill after the first 2.

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7,0/10 Legal

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For the first few tracks, I thought this was pretty boring. And by the end of it, I still didn't think there was that much to it. But in fairness to the album, it kind of sucked me in - I went with the vibe of it, and the vibe is pretty strong. Cool combination of acoustic instrumentation and electronic production and mixing too - but basically, if you let this album take you along for the ride for 50 minutes, I think you'll have a good time

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Plenty of heralded wit, I didn’t mind this. Reminded me of Gomez a bit

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Quite good. Makes me feel peaceful

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Empecé pensando que qué aburrido y que era otro de esos discos que se habían colado a la lista por gusto personal de algún editor, pero en la segunda vuelta sí encontré varios detalles que me alcanzaron a gustar para llegar a la tercera (y casi cuarta) estrella. Además de la historia de como este disco que es casi casi casi para el olvido de pronto es uno de los más vendidos de la década del 2000 y como David Gray es casi el burro que tocó la flauta, la verdad es que su voz sí me agradó y por la fecha en la que hizo esto es definitivamente pionero en mezclar loops hechos en casa con guitarra y voz folk.

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Decent, some nice tracks

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Unashamedly bland, the clarion call of the middle class. The soundtrack to a million dinner parties. And while this is true it's better than you'd expect.

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chill indie rock that keeps you from completely chilling

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3/5 eventually no.

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‘White Ladder’ is basically a collection of accessible, well produced songs about love and loss with some electronic elements thrown into the mix. I particularly like the ‘tronic parts of this folktronica proposition, especially the heavy bass drums. I can see why people jumped on this when it came out.

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Pretty bland post folk

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More of a unique success story than a musical masterpiece, White Ladder is known for being David Gray's self-financed album that managed to stay in the UK top 100 for almost three years straight. Big seller in Ireland too, hitting 20x platinum in it's first week. How does it hold up? It's nice singer/songwriter stuff from the 90's. Soft, sweet, and an easy listen. Some interesting production choices including electronic-geared drums. Good voice, good songs, good album.

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It was alright many of the songs where cool and soft and the lyrics were romantic.

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I dig it

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Una buena voz para una colección de temas de corte sencillo. Minimalista. Íntimo. No suena mal, aunque no destaca especialmente

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ok

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Recognized Bablyon, and it's still a pretty good song. The rest of the album was pretty good, but not typically my taste.

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I seem to remember hearing Babylon a few times. The album feels like one of those 90s singer / songwriter guys, like Jason Mraz or John Mayer. Listenable, but not memorable. Having said that, the last song on this album was WAY too long. I was expecting it to be like Phil Collins "We Said Hello Goodbye," and it went on for EIGHT MINUTES. OH MY GOD say GOODBYE already!

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Couple of really good songs on this album. Like the lyrics. Reminiscent of Dylan in a way.

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Wasn’t bad, wasn’t amazing.

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7/10

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Yeah - listened to this a bit when it came out and was all over the UK radio. Sounds like a good pub singer who had the right sounds for the right time. good for a road trip.

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I guess it's really very OK. It sounds very decent and it's easy to see how it may have inspired some current days popular musicians. But I just really can't get into it that much. Just nice background music for me and nothing more.

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Fine, but nothing special. I guess you had to be there.

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A bit too dramatic for me. Some lyrics on the cheesy side such as Sail Away. Didn't hate it but won't put it on again.

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Trevligt att lyssna på men int mer än så.

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Pleasant

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Helt fin!

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It was alright. Some songs were good but nothing amazing

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Really easy listening but honestly if anyone can tell where one song ends and another begins, you're doing better than me!

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Really surprised to see that Babylon is not the most listened to track on this one. Very pleasant overall and 90's to the core. Not one I'd clamour to put on specifically but wouldn't switch off.

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This one's pretty good, bit surprised not to have encountered it before tbh.

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Næs og kósí plata.

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Easy to listen to. Enjoyable. 3/5

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This album got monotonous for me in the middle and I had to take a break. So I don't know if it's that or if it's just a coincidence, but my favorite songs on this album are the first two and the last two: Please Forgive Me, Babylon, Sail Away, Say Hello Wave Goodbye.

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I remember this being on a lot my first year working in a record shop. I expected to hate it (I hated EVERYTHING back then) and while there's a lot of filler in there, the opening two tracks are both great, and the close is maudlin and lovely (and has given me a reason to hear Soft Cell, though admittedly as a cover this time). The music is pitched between Bob Dylan, and that sort of MOR chill out of the late 90s and early 00s, but not so offensively as to put me off it. It's not a mind blowing five star album, but was quite a nice nostalgic trip into a couple decades ago.

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This is better than I remember!

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3.1 - great voice and layered with some catchy beats and hooks, but becomes a little respective, and weirdly saccharine despite the rather muted/down mood for the album as a whole.

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I like David Grays sound but it is not something that I am searching out generally.

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gooey

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I didn't realize I actually knew the song Babylon already. Never knew who sang it, but have heard it millions of times on 90's radio. This was a pleasant Monday morning album to listen to while I caught up on my work. It kinda gave me Damien Rice vibes. But it's not one I'm going to return to, it's just not me.

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Top heavy

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I’m depressed

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Not grand, not bad. Solid listen

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Not too bad, kinda sad soft rock vibes.

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What an interesting album. Almost too easy listening in parts. Quite a voice though. Now, next track - synth or acoustic?

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Not bad blue eyed soul

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A haiku: Never heard of Gray, But knew a few of these songs, Was nice listening. 6/10

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Very good.

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I wouldn’t call this anything special, but I will concede it makes for a pleasant afternoon’s soundtrack.

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Very pop, though I confess to liking "Babylon". Inoffensive, but also doesn't really speak to me.

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Enjoyable listening, but all of the tracks sounded the same

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Really nice soothing sound. Thoroughly enjoyed even though nothing in here jumped out as exciting or innovative. Nothing much to say about it, but I did like the sound.

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Nice album. Easy listening, mellow music. Enjoyable sound, nice vocals.

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Algumas músicas boas. This year's love a melhor, mas as duas começo assim, como a em sequência da principal são boas;

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3, pleasant enough

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interesting

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It's kind of boring for my taste

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Good enough

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A real soulful peace of work. Melancholic and cheery at once. Some great lyrics and hooks. Favourite Track - Please forgive me

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Pleasant.

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This was good album to get in the post-spring break shitty period. Wistful romantic stuff and pretty decent

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A joint effort between US and UK governments to wean people off of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car.’ 3.3.

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Soft and easy listening. There wasn’t a song I absolutely LOVED so I’m going with a 3.5, rounding down to 3.

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Good album for a rainy day

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An enjoyable listen. Nothing really jumps out and the songs are fine, but his vocals are rich and strong and overall a solid record.

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Not really a fan of this type of music but was pleasant enough. 2.6

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Not bad. Wasn't familiar with much of it. Quite liked his voice.

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Some nice, cool stuff. Loved the vibe of it all; I just wish it got more daring or exciting at times instead of playing it safe.

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Grew on me, but still felt like it should stay in the 90s.

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Interesting, can see the influence it had.

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Like James Blunt without the bants. Guess it wasn't bad

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Well I enjoyed relistening to some of the more well known ones from back in the day, have to say the rest of it wasn't that memorable and a bit beige. I don't care what anyone says though I do like Babalon. I had an acoustic version on my iPod that a boy sent me once on a skiing holiday, so I like it for that reason too

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I really like David Gray, I know his voice is a bit Marmite but I actually would say I lean on the love side rather than the hate. I have some nostalgia with Babylon as I had a NOW album with that song on it haha! I also love This Year's Love too I think that's a bit of an epic and maybe slightly underrated love song and that's the climax of the album for me then it should have stopped there. Sail Away really falls flat after that high. But the rest of the album I've never listened to. I am fond of it but I don't have much attachment. I love the minor keys and the general sound of the album. I just wish I had more connection to it but I can't be arsed to push for that. Soz David.

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David Gray is what Ryan Adams wants to be. I'm not really a fan of either, but it's remarkable how more talent there is on this album than on any of Adams' work. 3.5 stars

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tecno folk no es mi estilo, pero es pasable.

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Decent but didn't really capture my attention.

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ugggg.... maybe? 3?

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Singer/songwriter, roligt, klaver

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It feels like this album list has a particular fetish for mediocre British pop music. This album is fine, but there's not anything particularly interesting or noteworthy about it that I can see. It's like having a Jack Johnson album on here. It's fine, but there are so many great albums that are not represented on this list, I can't understand why this one is. This album also gets more mediocre as it goes. I though it might have some interesting elements at first, but there's really nothing here 2/5

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Nach meinem Geschmack ist diese Platte ein Ideechen zu unverfänglich. Man würde gerne etwas nettes darüber schreiben, aber nett ist hier leider die kleine Schwester von Scheiße. Für gewöhnlich entdecke ich ja an jedem Album in dieser Liste noch den erkennbaren Willen, sich abseits ausgetretener Pfade zu bewegen, das gelingt mir bei diesem Album nicht, dafür ist es einfach zu banal. Ich habe seinerzeit nix von dieser Platte mitbekommen, bin mir aber sicher, das diverse Songs davon gerne in Radio gespielt wurden. Laut englischer Wikipedia sagte der Künstler über sein Werk folgendes: "Its success came from nowhere, and it changed how the business thought about what music should be. Since then, there have been lots of artists who've taken it on and done their own thing." Dieses Statement geradezu naiver Selbstüberschätzung rang mir ein kleines Schmunzeln ab. Schmock.

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This was... so boring. With so many streams on Spotify I was surprised I never heard of it. It must have been a big in the UK thing that never really made it here. I did enjoy Nightblindness, but that's it.

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Overplayed crap. Not even sure it was good when it first came out, probably only made the list due to lack of foresight.

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Fine in the background. Easy listening for 50 year olds. Not bad, but why would you ever choose to actively listen to it?

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Boring as hell. 3-4/10

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Nope, zu easy-listening, zu David Bowie-like.

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He sounds like Bob Dylan's son except not as good.. like Bob Dylan's actual son. Album was fine

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"This Year's Love" Released: 8 March 1999 "Babylon" Released: 12 July 1999 "Please Forgive Me" Released: 22 November 1999 "Sail Away" Released: 16 July 2001 "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" Released: 17 December 2001

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3.5

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Hard to see past how it was mocked and parodied. Bland but inoffensive.

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Pretty boring, I recognized many of the songs. Sounded like shopping in the mall. The harmonies sounded consistently depressing. I found this great quote about David Gray: > David Gray is sick of the sound of David Gray. “I’m bored with myself,” he confesses within moments of my arriving at his Hampstead home. “I realised, after the last tour, I’m fed up with my basic line of inquiry, my angle, my schtick, the density of my voice, all these things needed to be escaped from.

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Meh. Decent but a bit boring.

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Barebones and soporific rock. Feels like the soundtrack to a B-movie countryside romcom. I applaud this album for starting a broader musical trend but I just can't get into this

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Some good tunes

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Easy jazz.. not bad

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I almost gave this 3* - the same as I gave 'The Freewheeling Bob Dylan', which is madness. It's fine, singles are OK. But there's something quite annoying about it, and him.

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I almost gave this 3* - the same as I gave 'The Freewheeling Bob Dylan', which is madness. It's fine, singles are OK. But there's something quite annoying about it, and him.

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a bit too singer-songwritery for my liking, but some good tunes on here

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Might be good but hard to enjoy because it's been so overplayed as classic 90s lovey music

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White Ladder by David Gray (1998) When a singer/songwriter begins an album (“Please Forgive Me”) with a self application of the first of the seven last words of Christ (“Forgive . . . They know not what they do” Luke 23:34), followed by the anti-rhetoric rhetorical device of ironic self deprecation (Antony: ”I am no orator, as Brutus is . . .” Shakespeare, Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 2), the careful listener knows he/she is in for some seriously persuasive soul-baring. I don’t know if David Gray melted the heart of his former love, but he nearly melted mine. And so he proceeds, step by step, humbly, with musical quality and apparent honesty: confessing, bleeding, pleading, agonizing, fearing, and soiling the listener with his personal emotional dirt—completely devoid of gems or nuggets. Now I, for one, am willing to get dirty. And I’m sure we can all relate. But does he go too far? Does he repel the audience with overwrought transparency? Does he produce a certain detrimental empathy, if only in the hearts of his more sensitive hearers (i.e., those who are the only ones likely to ‘get it’ in the first place)? Perhaps so. Feelings of exile (“Babylon”) are not quite right, especially when, in your inebriation, you “can’t tell the bottle from the mountaintop” (“We’re Not Right”). Is this why White Ladder was so hugely popular in Ireland? Perhaps the real lessons of the Babylonian Exile and the Betty Ford Center are being missed here. Is it only a matter of discipline and accountability? I don’t think so. David Gray seems reluctant to embrace the good, the true, and the beautiful. A whole album full of this is unbalanced. Even faith (“Sail Away”) is tormented by a history of shattered trust. Even hope (“Silver Lining”) can only grope about for a dark cloud in which to wrap itself. Even love (“This Year’s Love”) is encumbered by the anxiety of ephemerality. And even in the eloquent kiss-off of the closing track (“Say Hello Wave Goodbye”), Mr. Gray is depressingly and unrelentingly self absorbed. Don’t listen to this album if you’re blue, unless you just need to be reminded that someone’s life sucks more than yours does. 2/5

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Ok

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2.5 | No ubicaba a David Gray, nunca había escuchado su disco ni su música (que recuerde). Me sorprende mucho por lo que leo la magnitud de éxito que fue este disco, años y años en el top 100 de ventas, millones de ventas, por un momento, sin que yo siquiera tuviera conocimiento de él, al parecer fue de los artistas más fuertes que había... y después pareciera que nunca logró volver a rascar siquiera un nivel cercano a ese. De hecho parece que todo se basa en la canción de Babylon, la cual debo aceptar es bastante buena; sin embargo el resto del disco se siente un poco repetitivo, canciones de amor sin ton ni son, sentimentaloides, no mal escritas pero tampoco nada brillante. Veo también que se creo mucha expectativa desde antes que saliera en masivo el disco, se habló muchísimo de él y del sencillo antes de que Dave Matthews lo relanzara con fuerza y me pregunto qué tanto fue la calidad verdadera para llegar a ese nivel y qué tanto fue simplemente la maquinaria promocional que infló un álbum como la nueva virtuosidad del alternativo basándose en una canción brillante. No es malo, no es excelente, se me hace una curiosidad interesante de escuchar al conocer la historia del disco pero hasta ahí... Disco algo olvidable para mí a pesar de no tener problemas graves.

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OK - but a little dull. Not sure what the album is doing on this list

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I didn't think I would like this, and I was right. But I don't hate it as much as I thought I would, either...the music is nice but the vocals are irritating. Not enough here to justify that third star...sorry.

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David Gray lucked out when he teamed up with this talented producer who elevated these tracks from bland acoustic guitar tracks to bland acoustic guitar tracks with a drum machine. These songs are perfect for underscoring an emotional scene in a hospital drama or police procedural, or for use as sleep aids.

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Hm hm. Solid fusion of nostalgic love songs and pop music, I'd say.

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Babylon is a dated hit. Boorrrring soft rock nonsense. technically and sonically competent.

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Oh god. It is like someone stole all the exciting bits of the instrumentation. Even the opening track, with its drum beat that hints at drum and bass, still sounds dull.

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Another background album. Painfully mid. 4/10.

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This album is a bit of a snooze fest. While the songs were mildly pleasant, they were also nothing great. I found I was more bored with it on the second listen, which isn't a good sign. I liked My Oh My and Silver Lining. Please Forgive Me sounded like an attempt at being Bob Dylan. Babylon is overplayed, but not bad. Overall, it wasn't a terrible album, but I could easily go without ever hearing this album again. Zzzzz.

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I didn't make it through this whole album. It was very much like department store background music to me, and did not hold my interest. Maybe the last 2/3 of the album is great but I will never know.

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Not sure going by the cover but I want to say more scungy UK shit. hmm it's got a bit of a scumbag electronic drumbeat (and lol yep UK), but it's more of a singer-songwriter affair. Whiny shitty lyrics. Goes for too long, as if we don't get the idea by about 30 seconds in. Sounds like fucking Bob Dylan at times. Apparently Dave Matthews made it popular. Just another reason to hate Dave Matthews I guess... as if we needed one lol. 2/5.

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The kind of music you'd hear on every late 90s/early 2000s drama or rom-com. It's got the right mood to convey the sadness of the scene, but forgettable enough to be in the background. Great for when you don't want to pay for White Flag by Dido. Instrumentally, it sounds like the music that comes preset on your phone for ringtones and alarms.

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Terrible, overwrought shit.

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I'm not a fan really. This was absolutely everywhere back when, and if something isn't quite your bag, but it's in your face at every corner you end up really disliking it. I did listen to the whole album partly as I'm committed to 1001 albums... and partly as therapy for the damage inflicted by Babylon every time I walked into a shop in 1999.

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It's all quite a bit bland isn't it? It's okay, sure and completely inoffensive but nothing worth writing home about.

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David Gray's voice reminds me a lot of Ryan Adams. Am I alone in that? The music isn't nearly as all over the place as Adams, but the voice is just about the same to me. This is pretty bland for me, though.

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Low 2, didn't make me feel much

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tepid

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I have no idea if I've ever heard David Gray before. I find the album cover quite off putting for some reason. But it gives me no clue as to what I'll be hearing. OK that's a familiar voice. Opening track is fine but doesn't really blow me away. But here we are, Babylon. Also fine. These songs are all reminding me of Dave Matthews, who is fine but I never understood why people loved him quite so much. Same here, he sounds sincere enough, but this doesn't even have the quality music behind the vocals. Oof. We're Not Right and Nightblindness are not fine. By the last song I am desperate to be done, even though some of the later songs were inoffensive and 50 min isn't an outrageous run time. Just too much for me. I'm looking at the cover art some more and I think it tries to be interesting in a way that is actually pretty boring. So I guess it *does* give some idea of what's inside.

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This LP has aged worse than spoiled milk - the drums sound straight out of the 90s Korg catalog, and the synths could be presets on any old synth you'd find at a garage sale. The only part that makes this semi-tolerable are the mildly unique arrangements, but even those are hard to find under Gray's melodramatic vox.

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It's better than I remember, but still rather wet.

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Its....ok. I actually think DG has better songs elsewhere but this is obviously the radio friendly megahit album. In this particular genre, its not a bad album. In an overall context, there's no justification for it being here. This Years Love is a decent tune, but I actually find the two super-singles quite irritating.

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Forgettable as a project, songs on their own are not too bad though.

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the biggest test yet to my no skip policy. 2*s only for the fact that it is a bit of a nostalgia trip, despite the fact that it's bringing me back to places i don't want to go

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Njae, det lirar inte tycker jag. Det är inte helt urkasst men det är för välproducerat på något vis.

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Pop that's just forgettable enough thanks to the underwhelming production (electronics that mostly disappear after a few tracks!?) and way-excessive length. It would make a pretty good EP, but it's always a bad feeling to check and see you're less than halfway through a project.

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Babylon saves this from being a one. Very sleepy.

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I didn't mind this at all. I remember when he was on the radio a bit. He's a little vanilla, but sometimes he finds something to lean into, which is good.

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Het begin beviel me wel, maar na ongeveer de helft van het album had ik zo ongeveer gehad. Daarom net iets minder dan de helft van de punten

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honestly, pretty average.

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Pretty weak

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Boring, middle of the road, no thanks

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Background music for a sad person watching rain fall down a window

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The sound of accepting a dull fate. The feeling that haunts you when you enter your emply house with the blinds closed. The opposite (?) of Baroque music.

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I made it though Please Believe Me. I had an old dj mix that started w/ a remix of that track, so there’s a little nostalgia there. And I’ll admit that if I’m feeling particularly depressed, This Year’s Love can be borderline tolerable. Alas, I did not make it more than 1.5 minutes of the 2nd song. I decided to listen to Neu! By Neu! Instead. I ended up buying NEU!’s first 3 albums. I’d review those instead, but I assume at least one of them will be on this thing at some point

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Ugliest album cover ever. The music wasn't much better in my opinion, too slow and sad sounding

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nope

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Urrgh. Yes, Babylon is a good song but the whole album?? How is this Ireland’s best selling album of all time? Is this guy responsible for James Blunt? The horror.

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Well bad.

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A nice, albeit bland, listen. This Year's Love is the standout song.

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Payback time. From wiki: "Gray believes that the success of White Ladder paved the way for 'soul-baring' artists such as James Blunt, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra, James Bay and Tom Walker."

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Ugh.

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Helplessly boring. Fans of this album enjoy vanilla ice cream, Ted Lasso, and Nancy Myers movies featuring Diane Keaton. They eschew hot sauce and profanity. Any dude who claimed to like this album only did so in an effort to seem "sensitive" and get laid. The jig didn't last, as they soon realized any woman who claimed to like this album doesn't put out.

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Maybe just not in the mood but this kinda sucks!

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Nope. Selling loads doesn't mean i have to listen to it, I heard all the identical singles 1001 times, that's plenty. Babylon is a place where this doesn't exist.

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N0pe

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alright

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