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Twenty one years since his first studio album, David Gray’s tenth and latest, Mutineers, finds the singer-songwriter steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “I think if you’re going forward with an open heart, good things will happen,” says David. “You have to sort of tear up the past and ... Read more in Amazon's David Gray Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B003U9V64W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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After a year spent chiefly on the road and less than 12 months since his last major release, David Gray brings us his ninth album, Foundling, an extract from a period of intense creativity and labour.

Born as a side project during the sessions for its predecessor Draw The Line, Foundling quickly burst into bloom and commanded the full attention of its creator - an experiment left in the lab overnight that you wake to find taking over your world. “It’s the record I’ve been wanting to make for a long time, and it’s as strong a statement as White Ladder in its way - a jumping off point for what might happen next.”

Invoking the spirit of its multi-million selling ancestor is no idle comparison since this too was composed aside from commercial expectations and schedules, entirely on its creator’s terms. “I felt like this was my private record, I didn’t get too picky, I threw out a lot of the everyday concerns of record making, and it’s actually a wonderfully liberating feeling. I’ve done so much recording lately, I think you eventually get braver, and go further, sometimes by doing less. We just made it the way we wanted to.”

David’s collaborators here include White Ladder producer and long term colleague Iestyn Polson, Caroline Dale and her octet, the Kick Horns as well as the regular members of the band rearranged into different roles. The result offers contradictions - minimalist and dramatic, understated and mature - and has yielded early comparisons to Tom Waits, Randy Newman and The Band. Like the orphan from whom its name is taken, Foundling has a special place in the hearts of its assorted parents, “We just love it,” says David. They trust that it will find affection out in the wider world, now that it stands alone.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas B. Gibbs on 4 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is an understated little gem. Both previous two albums had some superb songs, but were often let down by big production ('Life in Slow Motion') or an oddly unlovable mix ('Draw the Line'), as though DG was conscious that this was the next DAVID GRAY Album and so had to be an EVENT. Both seemed to be trying a little too hard. Shorn of those expectations, and coming out only a year since his last so as to slip below the radar, the attitude here seems to be less of 'This is my NEW ALBUM' and more of 'These are a few songs I've recorded', which may have thrown a few people. The difference is palpable: there's an organic, meditative, rainy Thursday afternoon feel about this record; the sound of an artist at work, at home. Production and mixing are (thankfully) minimal, which lets the songs and the performances breath. Only trying to please himself, he's made his most comfortable-sounding, honest record since the great 'New Day at Midnight', with much of the same airy 'vibe' that made White Ladder such a classic. He should do it more often. A slow burner, for sure, but it'll get under your skin.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hill on 19 Oct. 2010
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David Gray is so prolific I'll forgive people for feeling bemused. Having said that, I nearly didn't buy this album on the strength of comments which said it wasn't a bit like various earlier efforts, or even not up to earlier standards. As I say, being so prolific, Gray covers a lot of ground and I'll admit in that he repeats himself and throws in the occasional howler. I won't suggest names, because, for me, it is a matter of taste. One commentator slated several songs and put "Forgetting' down as the most interesting and innoivative. It's my least favourite track. I can see what it's doing but it just doesn't grab me. Of course, maybe it'll grow.

What I like about the album isn't what everyone likes. I do appreciate the melancholy. I like well-wrought lyrics and I will let those carry the song for me. For that reason, Foundling is introspective and moody but that's what it's about.

DG is a consumate singer-songwriter (witness the several covers of songs he's written in his career) and I'm sure that more of what he has written will be picked by others who will produce their own magic with his particular gold.

Anyway, if you like David Gray, appreciate the introspective and melacncholic in a song or two, buy it.
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By Leopold Fischer on 6 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Gray is great singer, He has the "groove" which matters!

Foundling is less dynamic than other CDs made by Gray. I prefer listening to it at home.

I adore the songs: Forgetting, We could fall in love again tonight (best song on the CD) and Davey Jones Locker.

Highly recommended
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Prior to buying and subsequently listening to this album, I had never heard any of David Gray's music. I was intrigued by the album title, having read Kate Adie's book Nobody's Child about foundlings. Not remembering a song on the topic, I read some reviews of the album and decided to buy the album. Curiously, the UK release is a single CD containing 11 tracks, while the US release is 19 tracks. I've seen many cases where the UK release of an album contains more tracks than its US counterpart, but this one is an exception. Incidentally, Mary Gauthier also released an album in 2010 titled The Foundling, but I only discovered that after I started reviewing this album.

There isn't much variation in pace here, though there is some. Those who want up-tempo or even mid-tempo music should look elsewhere because this album doesn't contain such music. The music is hard to classify, because while it appears to be rooted in folk music, the overall sound takes it out of that genre. The instrumentation gives it a contemporary feel, thereby preventing it from being regarded as nostalgia.

Most of the folk music that I listen to has lyrics that are easy to understand, but the lyrics here sometimes leave me wondering what the song is about; even reading David's own descriptions of what each song is about doesn't help in all cases. That is not necessarily a bad thing as plenty of great songs have incomprehensible lyrics, notably Whiter shade of pale. Still, the CD booklet contains the full lyrics so one can amuse oneself studying the lyrics if one so chooses.
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By Annie on 20 Sept. 2014
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Love all David Gray music - fabulous albums, what's there not to like?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. on 16 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I think this is one of Gray's best albums- top three anyhow. Lush production and great vocals and song-writing as is the norm. If you are unsure about buying this album (which you shouldn't be) there's some interviews about and performances of some of the tracks on it on youtube- a great look into a great album.

Forgetting is just unbelievably good...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dedicated Amazonian on 26 Oct. 2010
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As with many albums, one has to listen a number of times to appreciate it's true value. This is yet another priceless collection of David's work and one which I recommend to existing followers and newcomers alike. You will not be dissapointed - simply soak up the melodies and reflect upon the "true to life" lyrics. Enjoy!
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