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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.
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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I have always enjoyed the music of David Gray. This album is beautiful!Published 8 months ago by Tiffiny Hargrave
Different from most David Gray albums I found myself liking it more each time I listened to it, If you are a fan you must get this album, I can assure you that it will not... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen M Gibb
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 20 months ago by Kiwi Critic
One of my favorite CD s from David Gray. I listen to it everyday while driving. I highly recommend itPublished on January 2, 2014 by ncborn
"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 morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer