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David Gray Tour 2005, Boston 10-08-05 Print E-mail
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Contributed by Chimera   
Oct 18, 2005 at 08:35 AM
Review: David Gray Tour 2005, Boston 10-08-05

Not So Gray Afterall

In the wake of David's latest release, Life_In_Slow_Motion, the many revelers that attended the concert needed some pick me up after a disappointed Bosox loss the night before. David was more than happy to take the task of putting some life and energy back into a heartbroken town. He did just that on this hot, sticky, yet wet night. Somehow, the mix of rain and heat gives some sort of weird hedonistic vibe to a meloncholy ambience.

Life_In_Slow_Motion is embued with messages of lasting moments and desperate love wrapped with musical layers of string instrumentation and harmonics. This is David's foray into a different territory with his music, not in so much lyrically, but with the use of more than the usual drum machine. He's finally coming into the more fully structured music formation. It's time for him to test whether his striking voice and airy words will accompany a full band nicely.

That's what we see in this concert tour. Housed in the newly constructed Agganis Arena at Boston University, Gray is backed by a fully accompanying male band (also fully donned in grey suits), a cellist and, of course, his animated Hawaiian shirt wearing friend, his drummer Clune. One of the great things about Gray's shows is Clune. He is so animated that you cannot help but be fixated by his drumming style and the intensity at which he plays. Sometimes you cannot tell whether it is Clune playing or an actual drum machine because he plays so fast and so accurately. I guess at that speed you want to be noticed, ergo the Hawaiian shirts. A special mention also goes to the cellist, who played manificently and gave Gray's music a more haunting presence.

There were many great moments that happened during the night. I think Gray was especially surprised at how many decided to turn up now that there was no more baseball. The amount of energy that was streaming from the crowd, especially the women, was admiring. Gray played almost every song off of his new album and played them well infusing personal, comical interludes in between songs. You can tell which songs are the most popular when everyone gets on their feet. "Please Forgive Me" always contained a strong dance undertone to it and when performed live is intoxicating, along with "Sail Away", another crowd favourite. I think the women held their boyfriends close to them when Gray pulled out his love song hit, "This Year's Love" for all the ladies.

All in all it was a good night for a sit down concert...for the most part. Gray never disappoints and puts on a jolly good show for a boy from the UK.


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-Overall Rating: [A-] (It was sold out! Surprising since it wasn't even close a week before.)

-Sound and Acoustics: [A] (I was pretty close and I didn't feel drowned out. The cello was beautiful.)

-Ambience: [A] (A lot of chicks in a very nice new venue.)

-Lighting and Effects: [A-] (Classy.)

-Security: [C-] (Do you really need to show your ticket every time you need to piss...I mean, come on.)

-Price and Merchandise: [B+] ($25 shirts isn't bad for a concert this size.)

-Gray playing in the rain and cheering up a gloomy, grey night: Priceless, for everything else use Mastercard.

Written and Reviewed By: Kay (Chimera)
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Last Updated ( Oct 18, 2005 at 08:48 AM )
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