早在1993年，当David Gray发表第一张专辑「A Century Ends」的同时，乐评界便对这位出生于曼彻斯特，来自韦尔斯的年轻作词作曲歌手给予高度的评价与激赏，认为他的作词作曲技巧不仅能承继过去辉煌悠久的光荣传统，而且相对于每几年人人就赶搭流行潮流的取巧心态下，David Gray的历年作品却愈见一种不同于流俗风格的人文气质，善感易敏，却又直透你心底情感。而且略带低哑，但又时而伫立高唱的都市民谣诗人神态，让他的歌曲在钢琴、空心钢弦吉他等简约乐器衬托下，一股宛如从街头角落传来的歌声，便这样如潺潺水声般地，在你心头缓缓流过。
这张1998年作品「White Ladder」亦不例外，从一开头的Please forgive me到最后的Say hello wave goodbye，整张十首曲子与David Gray悠然的歌声，宛如一位久未见面的老友突然造访，在来不及说什么话的同时，他的腼腆便立刻融化你的心房，在你心头驻留不去。这是一张适合在和风徐徐的涔凉下午，与好友一起共诉心事的好专辑，推荐给所有年轻的你。
David Gray's glorious fourth record explodes in a wellspring of spacious, electronica-tinged folk-pop. He uses his bright growl of a voice to memorable effect, chewing on vowel sounds while spinning odes to lost love, the resiliency of young hearts, and the pain of experience. Gray's work finds the universality at the heart of folk music and tweaks it just enough to make it relevant for alternative audiences.
English singer-songwriter David Gray recorded his fourth album, White Ladder, at home in 1998 and self-released it after three previous albums garnered critical acclaim and little else. Opening for the likes of Dave Matthews and Radiohead helped up his profile and led to Matthews choosing White Ladder as the U.S. debut for his new ATO label. It's not difficult to hear what attracted Matthews to Gray. There's a strong dose of romantic wanderlust to these tunes. "This Year's Love," with its somber piano notes, captures the drifter feel of earlier Gray work (such as the remarkable "A Gathering of Dust" from his debut)."Sail Away" is "Dock of the Bay" from another side of the shore. Gray clearly loves words, and the way he emphasizes them--spitting them out in contempt one minute, soulfully stretching a note out at other moments--lends his music drama. It's no wonder he's been compared to so heavy an improviser as Van Morrison. There's a spiritual connection there that this strong release makes only more obvious.
01. Please Forgive Me
03. My Oh My
04. We're Not Right
06. Silver Lining
07. White Ladder
08. This Years Love
09. Sail Away
10. Say Hello Wave Goodbye