Gray - Hospital Food (Atlantic)
Gray is the man held responsible for spawning the likes
of James Blunt and Daniel Powter
- for which you will either love him or loathe him. Rather
than being a political statement decrying the state of the
NHS and their lack of culinary expertise, however, this
latest single Hospital Food is about as surprising a departure
as someone being told to "Gerraadamapub" by Peggy
Mitchell on EastEnders.
sweet instrumentation, an intro that has a handy whiff of
Christmas to it and the usual passionately adequate, soaring
vocal delivery are on offer here: the words; "Tell
me something I don't already know" easily attributable
to something we've already heard a thousand times before.
bland as it is beautiful, this will neither gain nor lose
the wobbly-headed one any fans, but it has to be said he
still does it better than any of the pretenders to his mainstream
singer-songwriting throne. It's just a shame that more innovative
artists such as Johnathan Rice continue
to languish on the fringes at his expense.