Recorded in Hammersmith, England, “Live in Slow Motion” captures David Gray in concert during his tour to promote 2005’s “Life in Slow Motion.”
The concert’s set list draws heavily from “Slow Motion” and “White Ladder,” Gray’s 2000 breakthrough. The combination works perfectly: While “Ladder” was an album of romantic optimism, Gray’s latest work is slightly weary, sounding like a man who’s lived long enough to know the reality is never as thrilling as the daydream. Together, the two albums present a whole, and Gray’s band seamlessly shifts from the folktronica of “Ladder” to the orchestral pop of “Slow Motion.”
This is a concert film in the truest sense: no cinematographic distractions and no competing narrative “ just an amazing concert caught on film. Moreover, recorded during the Christmas season of 2005, “Live in Slow Motion” is perfect for those tranquil evenings of the holidays that also pass ever so slowly.