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Flesh [David Gray]


  • 1. What Are You?
    2. Light, The
    3. Coming Down
    4. Falling Free
    5. Made Up My Mind
    6. Mystery of Love
    7. Lullaby
    8. New Horizons
    9. Love's Old Song
    10. Flesh
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10422

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: David Gray (vocals, guitar, piano); Neill Maccoll (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, autoharp); Seamus Beaghen (piano); Andy Metcalfe (piano, Hammond organ); Simon Edwards (acoustic & electric basses); David Nolte (bass); Clune, Roy Dodds (drums, percussion).
    Engineers: Jim Abiss, Jock Loveband, David Gray.
    Personnel: David Gray (vocals, guitar); Neill MacColl (vocals, guitar, slide guitar, autoharp, mandolin); David Julian Gray, Andy Metcalfe, Seamus Beaghen (piano); Simon Edwards (acoustic bass); Clune, Roy Dods, Roy Dodds (drums, percussion).
    Audio Mixers: David Julian Gray; Jim Abbiss; Neill MacColl .
    Photographers: Lawrence Watson; Richard J. Burbridge.
    On Flesh, David Gray's 1994 release, the Welsh singer/songwriter wraps his rough-hewn voice around ten self-penned songs that deal mainly with relationships. Delivered in his earnest voice, the highly literate observations of the lyrics and the folk-tinged feel of the music is easily compared to the work of Mike Scott of Waterboys fame. "What Are You?" kicks things off with an aggressive, bracing vocal growl from Gray over a tumbling rhythm. "Made Up My Mind" features a determined lyric of resilience and moving on. There isn't a weak cut on this record, but the highlights are the sparser, more reflective numbers that highlight the gentleness of Gray's guitar playing and the flawless phrasing of his vocal delivery. "Falling Free" and "Mystery of Love" are two of the best examples with the romantic longing of their lyrics. Neill MacColl adds some wistful slide guitar to the latter. A must listen for any fan of Scott or just anyone who appreciates well-done, acoustic-based rock. ~ Tom Demalon

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (12/94, p.133) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...frequently explosive, often solo-acoustic-waged wars of words. Closer to that celebrated Celtic interloper Mike Scott than Scott's spiritual dad, Van Morrison...Gray's caustic rasp is nevertheless telling..."
    Alternative Press (2/95, p.61) - "...[FLESH] has some Van the Man trademarks, the quiet bits where David rambles on, for example, and some lyrical play that could have come from [Dylan] Thomas' UNDER MILK WOOD..."
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