Foundling

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Written during the same sessions that spawned 2009's Draw the Line, Foundling is another pleasant, pastoral effort from David Gray, who seems to have settled into a contemporary folk mold after flirting with electronics during the '90s. "Only the Wine," which kicks off this two-disc set with acoustic guitar and brushed percussion, takes its cues from Van Morrison and Nick Drake, both of whom serve as stylistic touchstones throughout the album. Gray plays to his strengths fairly well, keeping the tempos leisurely and the mood relaxed, and he looks to his arrangements for diversity, either paring a song down to its piano-and-vocals skeleton or dressing it up in light layers...
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Written during the same sessions that spawned 2009's Draw the Line, Foundling is another pleasant, pastoral effort from David Gray, who seems to have settled into a contemporary folk mold after flirting with electronics during the '90s. "Only the Wine," which kicks off this two-disc set with acoustic guitar and brushed percussion, takes its cues from Van Morrison and Nick Drake, both of whom serve as stylistic touchstones throughout the album. Gray plays to his strengths fairly well, keeping the tempos leisurely and the mood relaxed, and he looks to his arrangements for diversity, either paring a song down to its piano-and-vocals skeleton or dressing it up in light layers of strings, organ, and electric guitar. When he does throw a curve ball into the mix, it's a nice change -- the slow-building title track stretches a Celtic soul groove over five and a half minutes, and "Morning Theme" (one of the eight tracks that make up the bonus disc) sets itself up as a piano lullaby, with fingerplucked guitar arpeggios and gauzy, cooing harmonies rounding out the song. Those moments are few and far between, but David Gray doesn't really purport to be anything other than a contemporary folk-pop singer, and Foundling finds him doing what he does best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/2010
  • Label: Downtown
  • UPC: 878037019322
  • Catalog Number: 70193
  • Sales rank: 14,578

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Gray Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Harmonium, Electric Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer, Vox Organ
Mark Berrow Strings
Nick Cooper Strings
Caroline Dale Strings, Cello, Background Vocals
Liz Edwards Strings
Roger Garland Strings
Felim Gormley Saxophone
James Hallawell Piano, Keyboards
The Kick Horns Horn
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
Martin Loveday Strings
Neill MacColl Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim McCleod Strings
David Nolte Keyboards
Maciej Rakowski Strings
Paul Spong Trumpet
Cathy Thompson Strings
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Kate Wilkinson Strings
Dermot Crehan Strings
Peter Lale Strings
Patrick Kiernan Strings
Boguslaw Kostecki Strings
Jackie Shave Strings
Bruce White Strings
David Daniels [cello] Strings
Donald McVay Strings
Tim Bradshaw Guitar
Everton Nelson Strings
Alison Kelly Strings
Andy Warrington Hurdy-Gurdy
Nigel Black French Horn
Andy Brown Strings
Deborah Widdup Strings
Dai Emanuel Strings
Dave Stewart Bass Trombone
Emlyn Singleton Strings
Nick Barr Strings
Keith Prior Percussion, Drums
Dave Lee French Horn
Perry Montague-Mason Strings
Jon Thorne Strings
Emil Chakalov Strings
Mike McMenemy Strings
Anthony Lewis Strings
Chris Clad Strings
Tom Pigott-Smith Strings
Christopher Tombling Strings
Gabrielle Lester Strings
Caroline Dearnley Strings
Jonathan Williams Strings
Michael Thompson French Horn
Robbie Malone Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bouzouki, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Background Vocals
Neil Sidwell Trombone
Andy Parker Strings
John Mills Strings
Dave Woodlock Strings
The Rabble Choir Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Foot Stomping
Rachel Stephanie Bolt Strings
Technical Credits
David Gray Arranger, Composer, Producer
Iestyn Polson Programming, Producer, Engineer
Jason Boshoff Engineer
Robbie Malone Producer
MacColl Composer
Devin Becker Illustrations
Melisa Constandse Artwork
Kevin Landwehr Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2010

    Fantastic CD!

    I am a relatively new David Gray fan and bought "White Ladder" after hearing it at a friend's house. It is such a great CD that I was hesitant to buy David's new CD, "Foundling", thinking, how can you top that?! But he did! This CD, with the exception of a couple of songs on the second disc which didn't excite me, is exceptional. David reminds me of a modern Bob Dylan poet and selects music and lyrics which touches the soul.

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