A New Day at Midnight

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A New Day at Midnight
A photograph of a sunrise over a body of water with the artist and album title overlaid
Studio album by David Gray
Released 28 October 2002 (2002-10-28)
Genre Folktronica
Length 50:41
Label iht (Distribution)
East West (UK)
ATO (US)
Producer David Gray, Iestyn Polson, and Craig McClune
David Gray chronology
The EPs 1992–1994
(2001)
A New Day at Midnight
(2002)
Life in Slow Motion
(2005)
Singles from A New Day at Midnight
  1. "The Other Side"
    Released: 9 December 2002
  2. "Be Mine"
    Released: 7 April 2003
  3. "Dead in the Water"
    Released: November 2002 (promo only)

A New Day at Midnight is the sixth studio album by British singer-songwriter David Gray, released on 28 October 2002 in the UK by East West Records and IHT Records and 5 November 2002 in the US by the former RCA imprint ATO Records and iht as well. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1 upon its opening week, and spent a total of 49 weeks on the chart.[1]

A New Day at Midnight produced two singles: "The Other Side" in December 2002, and "Be Mine" in April 2003. "Dead in the Water" was released as a promo-only single in November 2002.[2] Both commercial singles failed to break into the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 35 and No. 23 respectively.[3] The album received critically mixed reviews,[4][5][6] but went on to be certified platinum four times.[7]

The album is dedicated to David Gray's father, Peter, who died of cancer in 2001 at the height of Gray's popularity.[8] A song entitled "A New Day at Midnight", written about the birth of his first daughter, Ivy, was written during the album's recording sessions but was not included on the album.[9]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[11]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[12]
The Music Box 4/5 stars[13]
NME 4/10 stars[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dead in the Water" Gray 3:07
2. "Caroline" Gray 3:39
3. "Long Distance Call" Gray 3:42
4. "Freedom" Gray 6:48
5. "Kangaroo" Gray 3:32
6. "Last Boat to America" Gray 4:50
7. "Real Love" Gray, McClune 4:40
8. "Knowhere" Gray, Malone 3:55
9. "December" Gray 3:35
10. "Be Mine" Gray, McClune 4:24
11. "Easy Way to Cry" Gray 3:53
12. "The Other Side" Gray 4:31
Japan-only bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Lorelei" Gray 3:20

Credits[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • All instrumentation by David Gray and Craig McClune.
  • Tony Shanaghan – backing vocals on "Caroline", "Kangaroo" and "Easy Way To Cry"
  • Rob Malone – bass guitar on "Caroline", "Long Distance Call", "Freedom", "Last Boat To America", "Real Love", "Knowhere" and "Easy Way To Cry"
  • Tim Bradshaw – piano on "Real Love" and "Easy Way To Cry", Wurlitzer on "Long Distance Call", electric guitar on "Freedom", lap steel on "Last Boat To America", drone keys on "Knowhere", backwards synth on "December"
  • B.J. Cole – pedal steel on "Caroline"
  • Wrecking Crew – orchestra on "Long Distance Call", brass on "Freedom", string quartet on "Easy Way To Cry"

Production[edit]

  • Produced by David Gray, Iestyn Polson, and Craig McClune.
  • Mixed by Fred Defaye and Simon Changer.
  • Recorded and programmed by Iestyn Polson.
  • Mastered by George Marino.
  • Compiled by Dave Turner and Gus Shaw.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 22
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 81
French Albums (SNEP)[17] 122
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 6
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 29
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 45
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 45
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 18 August 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "David Gray – Dead in the Water (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "David Gray". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 8 March 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Gray, David : A New Day at Midnight - NME.COM". Web.nme.com. 31 October 2002. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "David Gray – A New Day at Midnight | Album Review @ Music-Critic.com : the source for music reviews, interviews, articles, and news on the internet". Music-critic.com. 26 February 2003. Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ "Biography". DavidGray.com. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "News". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "GIBSON". GIBSON. 24 June 2008. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "A New Day At Midnight by David Gray". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  11. ^ A New Day at Midnight at AllMusic
  12. ^ The Guardian review Archived 25 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ The Music Box review Archived 28 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ NME review Archived 25 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Australiancharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  22. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 May 2015.