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Gravity Always Wins

by Dave Tough

Solo male artist ala Joe Jackson, Alan Parsons and 80s new wave.
Genre: Rock: Emo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Photograph
Dave Tough
3:12 $0.99
2. Never Gonna Change
Dave Tough, Cameron Morgan, Steven Leavitt
4:16 $0.99
3. Find Your Way
Dave Tough
4:27 $0.99
4. Astronaut Sends His Regrets
Dave Tough
4:08 $0.99
5. Sweet Addiction
Dave Tough
3:46 $0.99
6. Used To Be
Dave Tough
3:38 $0.99
7. Light
Dave Tough
3:56 $0.99
8. Here Again
Dave Tough
4:48 $0.99
9. Gravity Always Wins
Dave Tough
5:19 $0.99
10. Kate
Dave Tough
3:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dave Tough is a producer, bass player and songwriter from Nashville, TN. "Gravity Always Wins" was recorded at Steve Vai's Mothership Studios in 2004 and pays tribute to a time when synthesizers and analog ruled, image was nothing and music was everything. Tough's producing and writing skills showing us his love for retro 80s new wave and art rock. The album was co-produced by and features the fabulous string arrangements of Steven Leavitt, a Los Angeles based producer and keyboardist. Other notable players include Cameron Morgan (Mass Ensemble, Jessica Hoop), Neil Citron (Steve Vai, Johnny Hiland), Mitch Marine (Dwight Yoakam), Jake Simpson (Sony/Motown), Jim Demain (Josh Rouse, Keith Urban), Brandon Schott, Jesse Stern, Rabyn Taylor and others. The album was produced in Los Angeles and Nashville.



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Allison Milionis

A cool pop album with an '80s thing happening.
This is one of those albums that you will leave on your disk player for weeks to repeat over and over. The tunes are well-composed, melodic, and genuine. While the general vibe is emo, there are a couple groovin' tunes to keep the energy up. I'm reminded of 80s pop - and that's a good thing.


Great song quality of the 80s
Good diversity, this album has everything from hard driving rock to British-influenced pop. “Find Your Way” reminds me of OMD. “Never Gonna Change” and “Photograph” have that “modern retro” (or retro modern) sound like The Killers or Franz Ferdinand. Thank God we are back to the great song quality of the 80s. Keep it up studly!

Jen Freimund

Very original CD
If you like retro 80s artists like Duran Duran, Joe Jackson and The Psychedelic Furs you surely enjoy Dave’s Music.


Cool cover
Thanks for the album Dave. Good songwriting and track sequencing. The album reminds me of 80s new wave at its good era…especially Joe Jackson and Flock of Seagulls. The slower tunes sound like Alan Parsons and the Beatles all mixed up.

Chris Dunn

A Great Melodic Pop/Rock Album
Gravity Always Wins is a very diverse album. I believe it has some songs that anyone will enjoy. Photograph is a very strong opener. The chorus is very catchy and upbeat. It has a very rockin' vibe to it and sets the bar very high for the rest of the album. Never Gonna Change comes second and doesn't dissapoint. It maintains the vibe from the previous song but introduces a very melodic and introspective sound during the bridge, my favorite part of the song. This track also has a very cool guitar solo. The third track, Find Your Way, is much softer than the previous two. However, it's still just as well written and melodic. The fourth song, Astronaut Sends His Regrets, is just superb. The piano intro is one of the most original themes I've ever heard. The whole song is just unbelievable. It's a little experimental and reminds me of some of the more progressive bands I listen to. The melodic content of this song is the highpoint of the album. It's my favorite track by far. It's one of the best songs I've ever heard from any artist...seriously. Sweet Addiction kicks in and combines the heavy and soft sides of this album for a perfectly balanced track. Used To Be kicks in with a drum fill and the rock returns. The track has some killer guitar parts. The solo is just rippin. Light is in the vein of Sweet Addiction. A nice mix of the heavy and soft stuff. Here Again is another soft track. I really like the way all the instruments except for the strings fade out at the end. A very cool outro. The title track is my second favorite song. I really love the keyboard work on this song. The rhodes electric piano sound for the chords on the verse and the mellotron sound behind the chorus perfectly compliment the somber and melodic vocals. This is really a perfect title track. The album closes with Kate, which is credited as a bonus track. It is totally 80's and is actually pretty cool. For me though, the album closer has to be the title track. It's just a beatiful closing to a very well written album. I would buy this cd just for tracks 4 and 9, but there is so much other great stuff on here as well. As a growing songwriter, I really appreciate Dave making an album he wanted to make and sharing it with us. This is definetely a 5 star album.

Dan MacIntosh

Down-to-earth releases like this new Dave Tough CD are invariably winners.
Dave Tough’s CD title, Gravity Always Wins, makes the assumption that someone is actually foolish enough to defy this well-known scientific law regarding gravitational pull. Even a child will tell you that what goes up must come down. But except for the title track, and one other tune called “Astronaut Sends His Regrets,” this disc is more concerned with matters of the heart than with pure science.

It follows a strange emotional path, too. About the first half of the disc travels along dark corridors, but around the second half, during the appropriately titled “Light,” the proceedings brighten up considerably. On it Tough sings, “You put the light in my life.” This hopeful vibe is carried over to the very next track, “Here Again.” Here Tough sings, with loving stubbornness, “Nothing in this world can take you away from me.”

Tough’s music doesn’t sound too much like the stuff you hear all the time on the radio these days. Instead, tracks such as “Photograph” and “Never Gonna Change” borrow chunks of inspiration from 80s New Wave guitar rock. It’s not all rock & roll from beginning to end, however, as this CD’s title track utilizes a classical arrangement.

When it comes to battles of man versus nature, gravity always wins. And with rock music, down-to-earth releases like this new Dave Tough CD are invariably winners.

Ken Devine

The soft side of Tough
Dave succeeded in his goal to not produce “another formulaic pop album”. He reaches back to his influences and adds his own touches to produce a familiar sound that manages to stand on its own. You’ll discover punk rock strum patterns, 70s synthesizer flourishes, soaring string arrangements, and some mean guitar licks.....But the key to Gravity is Dave’s arrangements that highlight his pop sensibility and make for an instantly listenable album......
Gravity gets Dave down on this album. In the end, he concedes that gravity always wins, but all is not lost: If we look within our hearts, we can overcome the weight of the world with faith and love......Life can be tough, but Gravity rises.

Kara Murphy

A terrific, original pop/rock album that invokes memories of the 80's
I must go on record (no pun intended, really) - I am always impressed when every song on an album is not only listenable but filled with catchy hooks, memorable lyrics, and beautifully crafted melodies that draw the listener in, leaving an impression long after the music has stopped playing. As you may know, this doesn't happen too often nowadays but when it does, it's incendiary, much like Gravity Always Wins (GAW).

A great deal of 80's influence permeates GAW as the final track, Kate, as many others on this album would not have been out of place on a motion picture soundtrack for cult hit movies in that decade like 'Sweet Sixteen' or 'The Breakfast Club' for example. However, what sets Dave Tough apart is the poignancy of the lyrics he croons, especially in the beautiful and brilliantly introspective song Find Your Way. With alternating inflections of Josh Groban and Chris Isaac, Tough breathes fresh air into a tale of believing in yourself and following your dreams.

I recommend this album to anyone that enjoys the nostalgia of 80's pop/rock, appreciates thoughtful lyrics, and wants to listen to an album where every song is great for a change!

Ashley D.

Great Retro Sound - Killer Title Track!
This CD represents a departure from the artist's previous album and a move in a great direction! There is a great blend of slow ballads and edgy rock songs reminescent of the 80's. I especially loved the Title Track Gravity Always Wins - thoughtful lyrics and a soulful sound.


a different side than i was familier with. great song writing across genres
The recording is crisp and warm. The songs concise and to the point. All in all a very inspired and homogenous album.
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