Fans of David Gray (and/or any Grey’s Anatomy singer/songwritery music), take note: He’s finally got a new album on the way. Due in September, Draw the Line is his first record since 2005’s Life in Slow Motion. After listening to him perform a number of his new songs at analbum sneak peak in New York’s Downtown Music Studios, let me speak forall of us and say: Welcome back!

Guests were treated to a sampling of seven or so tracks off Draw the Line, including the first single “Fugitive.” While lovely, the track is precisely the sort of wistful, heart-on-the-sleeve love song you’d expect from the British singer/songwriter. What was unexpected, though, was a duet with Annie Lennox called “Full Steam Ahead.” Melding those two powerhouse voices was a stroke of genius, and the song — with its gorgeous orchestral swells and flourishes — is easily one of the album’s best.

None of the tracks strayed too far from Gray’s brand of melancholic love songs, but it doesn’t matter. Gray’s sincerity and robust voice have been missed, and his new music sounds well-produced and confident. (Perhaps because he produced the album himself.)

Check out Gray performing “Fugitive” at Los Angeles’ Hotel Cafe below and let us know: Do you like his first single? Are you anticipating Draw the Line? And, for nostalgia’s sake, what’s your favorite Gray song? Mine’s “Sail Away.”

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