Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Concert Review: David Gray Returns To The Oakdale Theater

David Gray returned to the Oakdale Theater Tuesday night after a seven year absence to perform songs off his latest release "Draw The Line." Gray's voice was strong beginning the evening with "Fugitive" and "Draw The Line." Gray had no problem mixing in new songs with his older hits. "You’re The World To Me" and "Sail Away" drew the audience in early. His backing band was tight as Gray would switch between piano and guitar for whatever the song called for. His breakthrough hit "Babylon" faired well with a slower tempo as "Be Mine" and "Stella The Artist" got the people on their feet.

The acoustic rarity "From Here You Can Almost See The Sea" was a welcome addition, but it was the outstanding, epic version of "Nemesis" that stole the show. Gray himself said that this song "grew bigger" as the tour went on. Closing his set with "The Other Side" brought the crowd to their feet hoping for more.

The encore was near-perfect, beginning with "Life In Slow Motion" which started softly before the full band raised the volume. The addition of "We’re Not Right" from Gray's album "White Ladder" pleased long-time fans. David Gray finished the evening with a powerful version of "Please Forgive Me" as Gray conducted the audience to clap along. Hopefully the warm reception will entice Gray to return again sooner than another seven years.

Draw The Line
You're The World To Me
Sail Away
Full Steam
Now And Always
The One I Love
From Here You Can Almost See The Sea
This Years Love
Be Mine
Stella The Artist
The Other Side

Life In Slow Motion
We Ain't Right
Please Forgive Me

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