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Archive artist of the fortnight: David Gray
We couldn't help it. So taken are we by David Gray's masterpiece of a new album that we've dug out some of the really special moments!
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 01 Sep 2005
Gray pride, 1994
A full 11 years ago, a relatively unknown David Gray released his debut album, A Century Ends. He played Whelan's. We reported on it. Read this interview on who Lorraine Freeney describes as "a one-man bullshit-free zone".
The second coming of David Gray - interview, 2000
Wowza, this one's a big one. Our man on the scene reports from New York, Boston, London and Dublin to see how Gray's quest for world domination is going. Better than the time he toured there before, apparently: "It was really depressing. We arrived at one venue and there was a huge sign outside: 'TONITE: Barbecue Ribs - sold out. David Gray - 8 o'clock.' When you're less of a draw than barbecue ribs, you've got to ask yourself some serious questions!"
Live review, 2001
Paul Nolan, formerly a sceptic, gives his opinion of the man live at the Olympia. "An undeniably superb performer", he comes out saying.
'Made Up My Mind' single review, 1994
Aaaall the way back in 1994, and David's still got favourable reviews from us. "May his flame burn long and bright" is the verdict.
'Flesh' album review, 1994
...And the album it comes from is given the thumbs up as well...
White Ladder album review, 1998
Here it is - the all-important review of the seminal White Ladder. So did we get it wrong or did we spot its genius? Find out here...
A sort of homecoming, 2000
With Mr Gray's sold-out concert at The Point, Dublin, being one of those rare spine-tingling shows you remember for years to come, friend and journalist Niall Stanage gives a personal account of they epic journey that took David from the realms of the unknown to number one in the album charts.
The People's Choice - interview, 1999
This time David is playing Galway's Big Beat festival, Ireland's discovered his brilliance but everyone else is yet to. Makes for interesting reading...
Live review, 2003
David Gray headlines the main stage at Wittness, back when there still was a Wittness. "A characteristically enthusiastic performance that goes over very well", Paul Nolan reports.