Foundling - David Gray
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  1. Oct 24, 2013
    Firstly, I'm going to look at the one disc version of "Foundling" as that is the version I have. The record opens with the pleasant "Only The Wine", a folky, upbeat track that harks back to his earlier work. This is followed by two disappointing tracks, "Foundling" and "Forgetting". These tracks just go on and on without going anywhere in partciular. "Gossamer Thread" "In God's Name" and album closer "Davey Jone's Locker" are the other tracks that lift above the album's aimless feel. The four standout tracks for me mentioned above all sound like Gray from his "Lost Songs" era which I liked alot. The rest of the album just doesn't justify itself enough for me to go back to.

    Again, this is me looking at disc one only, I'm not sure people should be including bonus material when giving an overall opinion of an album but this is really down to the artist. Maybe it comes with the death of the physical single and as a knockon the death of the B-side. Still, if an artist is going to release this stuff with the album then they need to stand by it rather than using the copout "bonus material" label.

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  1. If this release is David Gray's self-loathing moment of pure, unabashed misery, that's OK. Besides, where would all of that appeal go if he ever decided to get happy?
  2. 60
    Bare bones it may be, but it's still recognizably David Gray. [Sept. 2010, p. 102]
  3. Foundling sounds as if Gray is alone with his guitar in the wee hours, whispering into a handy microphone. But if we've heard it all before, it doesn't mean Foundling isn't high-quality adult-pop.