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David Gray – Sell Sell Sell

11 04 2011

Listened: Monday March 7

Even though I love White Ladder and David Gray’s later albums, I hadn’t gone back to his earlier ones until I bought Sell Sell Sell recently.

I’ve always loved the album cover – the price tags are not a common motif. The tags on his face and the title, in concert with the anguished expression are also topical – up until this point, David had been writing very stripped down folk music, and this album was his attempt to write something that would be more likely to “Sell”. I think he did a great job, but he didn’t see commercial success until his next album, White Ladder.

The seeds of that fabulous album are definitely clear here, though. “Forever Is Tomorrow Is Today” could fit right in on White Ladder.

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