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Foundling

David GrayAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Foundling -- the stunning new effort by internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter David
Gray -- begins with those evocative and somewhat mysterious words. What follows is an
extraordinary song cycle of rare and timeless power that bears a rather fitting title. As
people today may or may not remember, the word “foundling” is defined as “an infant
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  • Audio CD (August 17, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B003TL0IRM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,844 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Only The Wine
2. Foundling
3. Forgetting
4. Gossamer Thread
5. The Old Chair
6. In God's Name
7. We Could Fall In Love Again Tonight
8. Holding On
9. When I Was In Your Heart
10. A New Day at Midnight
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Fixative
2. Morning theme
3. The Dotted Line
4. A Million Years
5. Who's Singing Now
6. Old Father Time
7. Indeed I Will
8. A Moment Changes Everything

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David Gray's new album, featuring the new record, plus a disc of 8 previously unreleased songs.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most intimate in a decade August 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD
As an avid fan, even I was getting a little tired of cheesy love songs with cheeky lyrics that have come since White Ladder. Foundling abandons all that, and comes at you with inward, intimate, and beautiful songs.

I don't understand other reviews and critics that compare this with previous albums, and say it's "nothing new". The closest album to this in Gray's portfolio is Lost Songs which was written nearly twenty years ago! This album doesn't have cheesy-pop songs like Stella the Artist or Be Mine from recent records. Some of the songs on Foundling, such as We Could Fall in Love Tonight or Old Father Time are in a different league; a lot more dynamic and thoughtful.

A lot of times musicians have a hard time staying personal an intimate as they get older. I think of early records of Coldplay, Radiohead, and the Counting Crows that have the passion and restlessness of youth. When you listen to later offerings they become an abstraction of themselves, almost a comical, heavily marketed version of what the passion in their early work. Think of Coldplay's Shiver vs. Fix You or the Counting Crows Mr. Jones vs. American Girls. . . It's very difficult to stay relevant after your first few records.

Gray, at 42 years old, somehow with Foundling found that youthful, restless, passionate voice again. The first time I heard this record I admit I was incredibly surprised at the lyrics and themes of the music; it blew me away. This is the kind of offering of a singer/songwriter bursting onto the scene.

This album is incredible, and comes recommended to anybody who enjoys deeply personal, moving music. This is the kind of album to play on a Fall day over a cup of tea while rain falls gently.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally: A Worthy Successor to 'Lost Songs' August 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ever since I discovered 'Lost Songs' years ago, I've been waiting for David Gray to make another album in the same vein: quiet, stripped down, more organic, a bit raw and unfussy, brave and effortlessly melodic. Something about that album just seems perfectly formed, like it's existed forever. Don't get me wrong: I didn't want 'Lost Songs 2' -- I wanted the same authenticity, honesty and delicacy, something more consistent with his folk beginnings and more spontaneous. This is definitely it, and it blows 'Draw the Line' out of the water (which sounded too deliberate and laboured to me, like he was trying to hit one out of the park, but failed). To me, this album is where David Gray truly shines: where he forgets about the level of commercial appeal and chart hits, where he stops pandering to the surprised masses who made 'White Ladder' such a massive hit. Funnily enough, the album appears to have commercial legs, and managed a Top 10 debut. That's gratifying to see given the challenging nature of 'Foundling.' It definitely takes a few listens to open up and reward the listener, but when it does it really comes to life. What seems sleepy and listless emerges as subtle and nuanced, but no less engaging than his most commercial work. You have to listen a little harder for the hooks, but they are there in spades once they reveal themselves. Ultimately, this is the kind of album that will take a bit of discovery, but that will be the key to its longevity.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it time. June 13, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge David Gray fan, and I have to admit, when I first listened to this album I was a bit disappointed. There's nothing exactly catchy on here, and that's what usually makes a first listen turn into an eager second, third, and fourth. Being a loyal fan, I listened to the record a few more times, dismissed it as decent but not special, and set it aside for a few weeks.

Then I went vinyl shopping one day and found a used copy for a few bucks. I snatched it up quickly -- DG vinyl is hard to find where I'm from -- and took it home to spin it. Boy, did that change my mind about this album. There's something about this collection of songs that is meant to be listened to with the crackles and pops and depth that only vinyl can produce. This is a beautiful set of tunes that doesn't rely on catchiness, or processed beats, or anything except simple, heartfelt piano, guitar, and words.

It's not going to strike most people on first listen, but give this time and, if you understand beautiful music, this will hit you like a ton of bricks. I can't give it 5 stars because there are a few songs that just haven't caught me, but there is more than enough here to make for a very powerful and worthwhile album.

The title track ("Foundling") is unlike hardly anything David has put out before, and it is certainly one of the highlights of the album. Other outstanding songs include "Gossamer Thread," "In God's Name," and "Holding On."

And "Forgetting" is a song that, if you get it, is almost too beautiful to describe. It's just David's piano and voice reflecting on love, life, and disappointment. When he sings "reminding, rewinding / removing, regretting / forgetting," so simply and softly, it's hard not to feel choked up. Easily the best song on the album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best by David Gray October 16, 2010
By W. Law
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD doesn't compare to Gray's earlier works in the late 90's/early 00's like Sell Sell Sell or A New Day at Midnight. "A Million Years, Old Father Time, Foundling, A Moment Changes Everything, Forgetting, We Could Fall in Love Again, Holding On, When I was in Your Heart" are the highlights and essentially the entire real album. The rest of the cuts should've been out-takes. Most songs on this album are a dreary drag, which is fine if you like that kind of thing, but I found it repetitive and a downer. Honestly, "Davey Jones' Locker" has got to be one of the worst songs I've ever heard in my life; the song hurts like torture to listen to. I haven't given up on Gray though; he has far too many other great works and every artist goes through their own thing. Go check out the earlier works or even the last album Draw the Line, which I think was underrated.
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Published 1 month ago by John Ellis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
This is a good cd, but being my 3rd - they are all sort of starting to sound the same. Its not my favorite David Gray but it makes for quite good background music on a long drive!
Published 4 months ago by Kiwi Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars foundling
One of my favorite CD s from David Gray. I listen to it everyday while driving. I highly recommend it
Published 9 months ago by ncborn
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as raw as earlier work but some beautiful tracks
"Foundling" is kind of in the middle between his earlier work and some of the forgettable POP stuff that he released over the past few years. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This is wonderful!
I don't know which is better, the CD or the bonus CD! Many treasures here! Highly recommend this CD. I believe it is my favorite.
Published 16 months ago by Colleen Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars David Gray is my favorite artist - Foundling didn't disappoint in any...
I would recommend this item to anyone who likes quality, sensitive, thoughtful music. It rocks when it should and is quiet and sweet when it tells you its message. Read more
Published 18 months ago by N. Christine Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD by a great Singer
David Gray is one of my favorite singers. This CD is very intriguing, and it was an unexpected bonus to have the second CD. Not a bad song on either.
Published 20 months ago by grant ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Love IT
If you're a David Gray fan like me, you will LOVE LOVE LOVE this CD. I love all his music though, so I may be a little biased. Give it a listen and see for yourself.
Published 21 months ago by beckyv
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I don't think it's possible for David Gray to make a bad album. Admittedly, I have been a huge fan of his for a long time, so I might be biased. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Darcia Helle
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic David Gray
If you like David Gray you will like this Record - good emotions and heart felt as always - enjoy!
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