- Draw the Line (David Gray album)
Draw the Line Studio album by David Gray Released 14 September 2009 Recorded The Church Studios, 2008 Genre Folk rock Length 46:55 Language English Label Mercer Street/iht Producer David Gray, Iestyn Polson, Rob Malone David Gray chronology Greatest Hits
Draw the Line
Singles from Draw the Line
Released: 7 September 2009
- "Full Steam"
Released: 28 December 2009
Professional ratings Review scores Source Rating Allmusic  BBC (favourable) The Guardian  The Independent  Planet Sound (5/10) Slant  The Telegraph 
Draw the Line is the eighth studio album by the English singer-songwriter David Gray, released on 14 September 2009 in Europe and 22 September in the United States. The first single "Fugitive" was released on 7 September 2009. The second single was the Annie Lennox duet "Full Steam," released on 28 December 2009.
Gray recorded the album, the first set of new songs since 2005's Life in Slow Motion, in his own studio—The Church Studios—while unsigned to a record label. The studio previously belonged to the Eurythmics, and when Gray invited Annie Lennox to guest-record the duet "Full Steam", she reprimanded him for not changing the carpets. The track, described as "a broad political thing," is one of two duets on the album. The second duet, "Kathleen", features Jolie Holland. Gray revealed in an interview that the original choice for "Kathleen" was Dolly Parton, to whom he wrote a letter with a demo of the song. Parton turned down the offer as she was busy.
Draw the Line is the first studio album with his new band after Gray parted with long-time collaborator Craig McClune in 2007. Gray said that he felt "the creative spark was sort of diminishing between the people who were involved." The album includes 11 new songs, with a new band to back him up: Neill MacColl on guitars, Robbie Malone on bass, and Keith Pryor on drums. Gray told The Irish Times that these changes were part of the thinking behind the title: "It's the end of one thing and the start of another. Because there was a chapter and it's ended and now there's a new one. But also it's like, 'don't cross this line!' It's confrontational, which is intentional. That's how I feel."
A deluxe hard-cover book edition of the album, featuring a booklet with 20 pages of illustrations and a bonus CD of tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse, was also released simultaneously.
Draw the Line entered and peaked on the UK Album Chart at number 5 and charted for only 5 weeks, making it Gray's poorest performing release since The EPs 1992–1994 which charted for only 1 week. In Austria, it entered and peaked at number 74, charting for only 1 week.
In the US, the album performed better on the Independent Albums chart, peaking at number 2 and charting for 20 weeks. The album also did better on the Swiss Music Charts, peaking at number 18 and charting for 4 weeks. Draw the Line also made it into the top 20 in other charts such as the ARIA Charts, peaking at number 18 and charting for 7 weeks. It also did well in New Zealand, peaking at number 15 and charting for 3 weeks.
No. Title Writer(s) Length 1. "Fugitive" Gray, Malone, Prior 3:43 2. "Draw the Line" Gray, Malone, MacColl 4:23 3. "Nemesis" Gray, Malone, MacColl 5:26 4. "Jackdaw" Gray 3:54 5. "Kathleen" (featuring Jolie Holland) Gray 3:49 6. "First Chance" Gray, Prior 6:00 7. "Harder" Gray, Malone, MacColl, Prior 3:51 8. "Transformation" Gray 3:23 9. "Stella the Artist" Gray, Malone, Prior 3:37 10. "Breathe" Gray 4:39 11. "Full Steam" (featuring Annie Lennox) Gray 4:12 iTunes-only bonus track No. Title Writer(s) Length 12. "Second Halo" Gray 4:08 Bonus disc No. Title Writer(s) Length 1. "You're the World to Me" (Live at the London Roadhouse) Gray 3:43 2. "Sail Away" (Live at the London Roadhouse) Gray 5:24 3. "Ain't No Love" (Live at the London Roadhouse) Gray 3:17 4. "Babylon" (Live at the London Roadhouse) Gray 6:29 5. "Slow Motion" (Live at the London Roadhouse) Gray 4:38 6. "The One I Love" (Live at the London Roadhouse) Gray, McClune 4:12 7. "The Other Side" (Live at the London Roadhouse) Gray, McClune 6:48 8. "Nightblindness" (Live at the London Roadhouse) Gray 11:09
- David Gray - vocals, guitar, piano
- Neill MacColl - guitar, backing vocals
- Rob Malone - bass, backing vocals
- Keith Pryor - drums
- James Hallawell - keyboards
- Caroline Dale - Cello
- Iestyn Polson - Programming
- Simon Changer - Mix Engineer
- ^ Allmusic review
- ^ BBC review
- ^ The Guardian review
- ^ The Independent review
- ^ Planet Sound review
- ^ Slant review
- ^ The Telegraph review
- ^ http://www.spinnermusic.co.uk/2009/07/28/david-gray-draws-the-line-with-annie-lennox-jolie-holland/
- ^ http://ethrill.net/2009/10/18/david-gray-and-annie-lennox-full-steam-single-details-and-video-preview/
- ^ http://www.billboard.com/news/david-gray-ready-to-draw-the-line-1003978758.story#/news/david-gray-ready-to-draw-the-line-1003978758.story
- ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1206407/David-using-Gray-matter.html
- ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2009/0808/1224252211919.html
- ^ http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2009/08/catching-up-with-david-gray.html
- ^ http://www.hotpress.com/archive/2934201.html
- ^ http://www.billboard.com/news/david-gray-draws-the-line-on-upcoming-album-1004005606.story#/news/david-gray-draws-the-line-on-upcoming-album-1004005606.story
- ^ Draw The Line Songfacts
- ^ http://musicratty.com/article/921fee1901939a4ebdb4657af7bcc61b
- ^ http://www.chartstats.com/albuminfo.php?id=14430
- ^ http://austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=David+Gray&titel=Draw+The+Line&cat=a
- ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/david-gray/65726#/artist/david-gray/65726
- ^ http://hitparade.ch/showitem.asp?interpret=David+Gray&titel=Draw+The+Line&cat=a
- ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=David+Gray&titel=Draw+The+Line&cat=a
- ^ http://charts.org.nz/showitem.asp?interpret=David+Gray&titel=Draw+The+Line&cat=a
Studio albums Compilations Singles"Birds Without Wings" · "Shine" · "Wisdom" · "Faster Sooner Now" · "Late Night Radio" · "This Year's Love" · "Babylon" · "Please Forgive Me" · "Sail Away" · "Say Hello Wave Goodbye" · "Dead in the Water" · "The Other Side" · "Be Mine" · "The One I Love" · "Hospital Food" · "Alibi" · "You're the World to Me" · "Fugitive" · "Full Steam" · "A Moment Changes Everything" VideosDavid Gray: Live · Live in Slow Motion Other musiciansTim Bradshaw · Rob Malone · Neil MacColl · Craig McClune · David Nolte · Keith Prior Related articles
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