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White Ladder

David Gray

1998

White Ladder

Album Summary

White Ladder is the fourth studio album by English folk singer-songwriter David Gray. It was first released in November 1998 through Gray's own record label, IHT Records, but failed to chart. On 1 May 2000, the album was re-released by Dave Matthews' label ATO Records and debuted at number 69 on the UK Albums Chart, before climbing to number one on 5 August 2001, more than a year later. White Ladder produced five singles, including the hit "Babylon", which ignited interest in the album and shot Gray to worldwide fame. Other singles released from the album were "This Year's Love", "Please Forgive Me", "Sail Away" and "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye". White Ladder spent almost three full years in the UK top 100, consistently charting between May 2000 and March 2003. Its total charting time as of 2020 is 176 weeks, making it one of the longest-charting albums in UK chart history. It was massively successful in Ireland, where it spent six consecutive weeks at number one on the Irish Albums Chart and had sold 350,000 copies by 2002. In 2015 it was still the biggest-selling album of all time in that country. White Ladder was the fifth-best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, selling 2.9 million copies. White Ladder has sold over 3 million copies in the UK, making it the eleventh-best-selling album of the 21st century in the UK and the 28th-best-selling album of all time in the UK. The album has sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

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Rating

3.14

Votes

4751

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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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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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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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 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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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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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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5

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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5

I am in love with this album

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5

Excellent

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

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

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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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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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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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5

So much nostalgia it hurts.

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5

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

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5

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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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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5

I was curious when this was recommended to me: an album I've never heard of, that apparently sold a boatload of copies in the U.K. and became part of the zeitgeist. And, guess what? I can understand why. This album is fantastic, every song on here sounds as though it would have been a single. I was actually a bit sad that this album ended with the last track, as I would have wanted it to continue. It seems crazy to me that it took only a few years for it to completely take off but it was worth it. This is worthy of a repeat listen somewhere down the line.

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5

A lovely, nostalgic siger-songwirter, with a grandiosity of sound

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Nostalgic

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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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4

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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Me ha gustado!!

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This is a classic album, which I really enjoy.

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Interesting record. Never heard of this guy, but he sounds somewhere between Bob Dylan and Natalie Merchant, I kept thinking of her voice on "These Are Days." Generally easy listening, and it's got the classic singer/songwriter spirit but musically does feel modern. Not sure if that's the melodies or what. I wasn't too impressed, especially at the beginning, but really settled into it on the back end. Great album! Favorite tracks: This Year's Love, Sail Away, My Oh My, We're Not Right. Album art: Actually a pretty cool one. The background picture filtered through a fence is cool, and the little geometric stuff in the middle is cool too. 4/5

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Love his vocals

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very pleasant and well mixed album.

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Very chill

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Remember enjoying it

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Есть несколько композиций, которые выделяются. В целом интересное звучание для романтического вечера.

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very nice "folkatronic" album that has nice pop ballads with electronic backing to create a very chill record

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Holds up very well! “Please Forgive Me” is a perfect song. 4.5.

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Interesting mix of sounds. Very '90s.

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Doriyah ah, doriyah hey

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Surprisingly good.

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Really nice album. Standouts "Babylon", "Please Forgive Me", and "Sail Away". Pleasant voice, sounds like a precursor to James Blunt sounding English soft rock, piano rock, pop feel. Not stripped down but not overly produced to still feel folk-y.

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Oooh I really like this and had never heard of it.

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IDK exactly why, but I like it.

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Great

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Babylon 2000s rock

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Uf uf zaboravila sam na ovaj album. Imali ga sprzenog prije 20 godina. Lik je malo one album wonder al je dobar album

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Top 3 Songs: 1 - Please Forgive Me (1) 2 - This Year's Love (8) 3 - Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (10)

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I wasn’t sure what to think at first, as I’m not a huge fan of that voice style but the more I listened the more I enjoyed - the lyrics are beautiful. I added a couple of songs from the album.

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4

Very nice.

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I'm not sure if I really like this album or if I just had a good mood today in general. At least I don't find it bad or anything.

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Took me back to CP

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Does anyone else in the group even use these?

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I quite enjoyed this. This Year’s Love was stuck in my head.

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7,5/10

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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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3

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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3

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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3

slow to average

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3

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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3

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

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3

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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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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