Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|David Gray Live at the Point|
Actors: David Gray, Dave Gray
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
A gem unearthed
Jeff H. | Edmonton, Alberta Canada | 11/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Since inadvertently hearing a few tracks from the breakout self produced White Ladder in a music store I have been quite interested in exploring more from this artist. Unsure what to expect from the DVD, I was more than surprised at what this man brought to the table. The setting is perfect, a small (8000) person venue in an atmosphere that was a breeding ground for new fans to be born. Ireland is passionate about DG and it shows in the faces, the singalongs and the emotions. Then wham! Song after song after song, each one with it's understated beginnings but easily finds its way to the hook. The energy and excitement eminate from DG and his bandmates with his writing partner Clune showing grace and an ecclectic style that makes you grin from ear to ear. It's obvious that the partnership DG and Clune share is more equal than not. Clune is able to keep DG focused within the rhythms but allows for DG's excitement to burst through. The visuals are not necessary to enjoy this concert but do provide a look into a moment in time that is able to show someone on the verge of making the record companies eat their words. DG is unassuming in his approach and handles the crowd with schoolboy like charm. From the opening "Sail Away" to the up tempo "Please Forgive Me", these songs contain exceptional lyrics coupled with a lyrical structure that enhances each track. The song list is selected from his entire collection and provides the first time listener with an overview of what to expect if one was to delve deeper into the talent of DG. In some songs, i.e. "Late Night Radio" his brazen use of obscure chord pairings show his experimental stylings that keep DG from being relagated to average status. While others, i.e. "Shine" are unique variations of traditional progressions. Overall, too many notables to mention. This is a great collection from an up and better be coming artist. North America certainly could use a few large doses of David Gray. The music is what this DVD is all about and does not disappoint."
Definitely a must-have!
Jeff H. | 12/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Live at the Point gives a first-hand account of what David Gray is like in concert. Overall, the DVD is truly magical. It creates the feeling of being there yourself. The crowd of 9,000 adoring fans is mesmerizing. The energy of the band and lighting on the stage are fantastic. However, it doesn't take the place of an actual concert; there is nothing else in the world than experiencing David Gray live.
Gray is all smiles and ready to rock the house, and he certainly does. He has a way of getting the audience to scream, whether it be his famous head-bop, standing on the seat at the keyboards and clapping, or singing his heart out. I think watching the hilarious antics of the drummer, Clune, is reason enough to buy it. The camera effects are wonderful, though a little choppy because they switch back and forth a lot. Some are at the other end of the arena, showing a wave of people, all on their feet and dancing. Others are in front of, behind, and to the side of the band; a few are even clipped onto the instruments themselves.
Some pivotal points on the DVD are during "Babylon," (it's phenomenal), when David does two songs solo-they just reek of emotion, and the insane finale, "Please Forgive Me." The DVD showcases David at his finest: live. The featured documentary is also fascinating and well-worth watching.
This DVD is a valuable addition to any music lover's collection. And David Gray's a man whose music should not be missed."
thaeral | Brunswick, Ohio United States | 12/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's been SO hard waiting for this DVD to come to the States. David has been popular seemingly everywhere except for the States until White Ladder came out here, but I've been a fan since well before then. But it's finally here and it is well worth the wait.For new fans, White Ladder songs are interlaced throughout the concert playlist. It's a wonderfully balanced songset that has tracks from all of his albums to date including "Lost Songs" and "EP's 92-94". If you have and enjoy all of his albums, there will be some tracks that you wish were included, but that is truly one of the problems (albeit a good one) inherent to David Gray; he simply has an enormous number of songs that are just "great songs" that you can listen to repeatedly.The quality of the video is pristine. There aren't any jumps, skips, or artifacts that plague some other concert DVDs. The audio, too, is crystal clear and synced accurately to the video. I've had past experience with DVD's gone awry in video and audio quality. No such problems with this one at all.The included documentary follows David Gray daily during the 7 days leading up to the concert at the Point in Dublin. Mixed between interviews with him are interviews with other musicians in Ireland talking about David and his music as well as this wonderfully animated Irish poet that steals the show. You'll see David singing Babylon at an Irish record store to a crowd of fans as well as scenes from sound tests and backstage footage from the other concerts he had in Cork, Galway and Belfast. They talk to everyone and anyone that has something to say about David. I enjoyed the look into his life and history as well as the interpretations of his music by the people in Ireland.Overall, this DVD is a must buy for any fan of David Gray. Even if you've just become a fan with White Ladder, this is a great opportunity to sample fantastic renditions of his past music to get a taste of what came before and his growth as a musician over time."
If you like David Gray, you'll love this DVD!
T. Quach | Garden Grove, CA United States | 11/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have the region 2 version of this DVD, which I bought off Amazon.co.uk -- this concert is absolutely amazing. It's hard to describe, but the crowd of about 9,000 people seems incredibly intimate for such a large group of people...in a way, it matches David's own transformation from being kind of a folksy singer-songwriter to being part of the British and American musical mainstream. This concert has the personal feel of a "house" show while at the same time capturing David's growing popularity with the masses. I loved every minute of it. All his best songs are here. He performs a ton of songs from the White Ladder cd (the title track, sail away, please forgive me, this year's love, say hello, wave good-bye and, of course, babylon are only a few of the songs you'll get to hear from that cd). In addition, David also performs key tracks from each of his previous three albums ("shine" stands out in my mind as the not-to-be-missed song of those albums and, of course, that's included here as well). In total, the concert is well over an hour, and David performs 17 or 18 songs. There's not a whole lot of theatrics going on, so don't be expecting him to put on any kind of act or to get excessive with the storytelling. Of course, if you're a David Gray fan, you should already know that it's all about the music. If you are not already a David Gray fan, however, and are just looking to try something "new," be forewarned: this is not a concert that uses gimmicks or props. But then again, this is not a concert that needs those things to keep you interested. This concert, like David Gray himself, is all about the music. And what great music it is! In addition to the concert, the dvd also contains an interesting documentary on David Gray, the man behind the music. A definite must-have for any David Gray fan, and a worthy investment for anyone who just appreciates deep, soulful music. Highly, highly recommended."