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  • Summary: This is the British singer-songwriter's first album in three years, and it finds him working with an outside producer (Marius De Vries) for the first time.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. [Gray has] stepped up his own game with richer production, bigger arrangements and a renewed sense of purpose that makes songs like "Alibi" and "Disappearing World" sound like his most epic work yet.
  2. Musically and lyrically, Life In Slow Motion is his strongest collection of songs to date. [Sep 2005, p.108]
  3. With "Life In Slow Motion" he's delivered an album so rich and deft that it pushes beyond the realm of the humble singer-songwriter, to earn him a place alongside the likes of Springsteen and Van Morrison as one of music's revered elite. Without question, this is a classic album.
  4. Life in Slow Motion [is] as arresting as these things get. Which is not all that arresting.
  5. A rewarding listen for the faithful who have the time, patience, and inclination to dig into this, but for those whose dedication isn't so strong, this is sweet, gentle, and ultimately forgettable.
  6. On his most affecting cuts, such as the lilting, elegiac title track, Gray works up the kind of gentle melancholia that goes down smooth, but reappears later, in your head.
  7. 40
    Feels timid and trite. [Oct 2005, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Jul 13, 2011
    9
    David Gray is definitely one of the more underrated artists out there and I never did quite understand all this talk of his material lacking ever since White Ladder. This album is enough in proving otherwise. If I had to own just one David Gray album, this would be it. Highlight: "Lately" Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2013
    7
    Life in Slow Motion starts off reasonably decent but about 3 tracks in Gray starts to thread water and pretty much continues to do so for the rest of the record. Lets be fair, the album is never bad but doesn't do enough often enough to really and truly impress. It has a few good moments but too often relies on slick production to put a nice sheen on some of the more average tracks. Expand

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