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Foundling

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

Track Listings

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
  11. Davey Jones' Locker

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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B003TL0IRM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By James A. Crosson on 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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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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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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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. But, biased or not, this man is brilliant. With Foundling, he brings all the passion that made me fall in love with him. Each song is an emotional experience. This is not an album I can put on for background music. This one demands commitment, and I am happy to take the journey with him each time I put it on.
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