Personnel: David Gray (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, melodica, piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer organ); Rob Malone (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, double bass, electric bass, percussion); Tim Bradshaw (electric guitar, lap steel guitar, cello, piano, keyboards); David Nolte (electric guitar, autoharp, cello, melodica, sampler, background vocals); Clune (dulcimer, whistle, glockenspiel, drums, percussion, background vocals); Marius de Vries (autoharp, recorder, synthesizer, glockenspiel, percussion, background vocals); Caroline Dale (cello); Jason Boshoff, Alexis Smith, Iestyn Polson (programming); Natalie Mendoza (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Andy Bradfield.
Photographer: Phil Knott.
Life in Slow Motion is an appropriate name for David Gray's sixth album. It's languid and deliberate -- not that this is a bad place for Gray to be, or that it's even a big change of pace for him. As the years passed, he's trimmed away the faster tempos from his music, leaving behind an even-keeled, meditative, soft reflective folk-pop that brought him a hit in 2000 with "Babylon" from his fourth album, White Ladder. Life in Slow Motion isn't too far removed from that album, although it does lack the then-fashionable vague electronica underpinnings. In their place is a mildly lush but not elaborate production that's tasteful and classy, and Gray's songwriting is well mannered and well intentioned. If Gray didn't have a slight rasp to his voice, this music would simply wash over you, since it's a calm, clean album ideal for either background music at work or late-night introspection. Thankfully, the bit of grit in his voice is enough to ground the music. Life in Slow Motion is especially low-key and quiet compared to Gray's other albums, requiring close listening to catch the subtleties in either the lyrics or the music. That means it's a rewarding listen mainly for the faithful who have the time, patience, and inclination to dig into this. [Life in Slow Motion was re-released on CD in 2015.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rolling Stone (No. 983, p.106) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...[A]lternates with ease between swooning singer-songwriter, pop mystic and U.K. roots-rocker..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[I]t's the heart-searching 'Ain't No Love' that will bring tears unbidden to the eyes of true believers, with its torrents and cin‚ma v‚rit‚ images..."