Even a Gray Day captures Tom Paxton in a perfect setting, with the simple accompaniment of his own guitar, the acoustic stringed instruments of David Bromberg, and vocal harmonies from Anne Hills-Burda and Peggy Compton. On this collection, Paxton foregoes topical satire for the timeless beauty of some of his finest ballads, with the primary subject matter being romantic love and the complexities thereof. There are newly recorded classics from the Paxton catalog, like "I Give You the Morning," "Outward Bound," "Dance in the Shadows," and the oft-recorded "The Last Thing on My Mind." There are also new compositions, including the title track. Because the emphasis here is on his serious, thoughtful side, Even a Gray Day is one of Tom Paxton's most enduring, endlessly enjoyable recordings.
AllMusic Review by Jim Newsom