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Limited deluxe three CD edition includes two bonus CDs containing 15 live tracks. This 2014 release is the 10th album from the acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter. Twenty-One years since his first studio album, "Mutineers" finds David Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. ''I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,'' says David. ''You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go.'' The only certainty that David had at the commencement of his new recording was the need to surprise himself, not just in terms of how he worked, but the ideas that drove him and the people he worked with. David’s collaborator, producer and occasional combatant during this raid on new horizons was Lamb’s Andy Barlow. "Mutineers," then, is an experiment that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly. The sound of a musician making a clean break and some sharp turns but also reconnecting with the freedoms of an earlier dream, a rebuke and a salutation to all that’s gone before.
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The Deluxe version is well worth the extra few dollars, with 2 extra CDs recorded live in London at the Royal Festival Hall in 2011, with fantastic performances of some older and some newer songs. A must-have for any David fan.
But playing it sporadically over the last month and taking the time to really listen to the lyrics allowed it to sink in a little deeper. Now over the past week or so I'm really loving it. It's a slight departure from his normal sound and seems like his focused more on the words than the music this time. Since lyrics don't tend to be as catchy as music, I guess it just takes a little bit to really hook you.
But once it hooked me it's really sunk in deep. And that's fine. The best things in life often take a while to truly appreciate.
What I'm getting at is that you should give this CD more than a test listen. Don't just play it in the background while you're doing something else. Put this on and just sit back and listen to it. Make that the entire activity. Take the time to really hear the lyrics and I think you'll quickly appreciate what an excellent piece of work this entire album is.
Mutineers sounds like a David Gray record, but it is not more of the same. It is a fresh approach with distinctive song writing and contemplative lyrics. There are more than a few future classics here. The deluxe version is not only a treat for new and old fans, it is a downright bargain, containing a two cd live performance. Anyone who has seen David live can testify to the passion and seriousness he takes in every performance as well as the familiarity with which he treats his audience. This comes through wonderfully in this recording. Taken together, this package gives the listener a sample of the complete range of David Gray: his newest work as well as enduring classics done in refreshing ways.