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
Released28 October 2002 (2002-10-28)
GenreFolktronica
Length50:41
Labeliht (Distribution)
East West (UK)
ATO (US)
ProducerDavid 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
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[11]
The Guardian4/5 stars[12]
Kludge8/10[13]
The Music Box4/5 stars[14]
NME4/10 stars[15]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dead in the Water"Gray3:07
2."Caroline"Gray3:39
3."Long Distance Call"Gray3:42
4."Freedom"Gray6:48
5."Kangaroo"Gray3:32
6."Last Boat to America"Gray4:50
7."Real Love"Gray, McClune4:40
8."Knowhere"Gray, Malone3:55
9."December"Gray3:35
10."Be Mine"Gray, McClune4:24
11."Easy Way to Cry"Gray3:53
12."The Other Side"Gray4:31
Japan-only bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
13."Lorelei"Gray3:20

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)[16] 22
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 81
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 122
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[19] 6
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 29
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 45
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 45
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[24] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Gold 50,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 4× Platinum 60,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[27] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] 4× Platinum 1,213,117[28]
United States (RIAA)[31] Gold 604,000[30]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  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.
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  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. ^ King, Mike (6 November 2002). "David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Kludge. Archived from the original on 7 November 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  14. ^ The Music Box review Archived 28 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ NME review Archived 25 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Australiancharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Music Canada. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Irish album certifications – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  27. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  28. ^ Jones, Alan (15 March 2019). "Charts analysis: Dave emerges victorious in close albums battle". Music Week. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  29. ^ "British album certifications – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type A New Day at Midnight in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  30. ^ Sexton, Paul (5 September 2009). "All Change". Billboard. p. 44. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  31. ^ "American album certifications – David Gray – A New Day at Midnight". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.