The Foundling - Mary Gauthier

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. There is no album in her catalog like The Foundling; it's a terrible beauty whose jewels gleam darkly, endlessly. Its songs hold truth for anyone who has either shared this experience or merely has the willingness to ask difficult questions with an open heart.
  2. Dec 13, 2010
    The Foundling is certainly Gauthier's least showy album, which is saying something. It's also a notch or two down from her best, due to a handful of songs (mostly in the album's latter third) that aim for Gauthier's typically hard, simple honesty and instead land in the territory of gloomy repetition of aches and pains one would expect from this type of project.
  3. 100
    Not since Lennon howled "Mother" have there been songs as naked and fraught as "Mama Here, Mama Gone" and "March 11 1962." [Jun 2010, p.88]
  4. 80
    Whatever you're doing, I guarantee you'll stop and listen to every word. [Jun 2010, p.102]
  5. The result is a bravely thoughtful mood piece, dominated by the half-spoken March 11, 1962, which chronicles her agonising phone call with her birth mother, who refused to meet her.
  6. Mary Gauthier is a natural-born yarn-spinner, and her latest album--an autobiographical account of childhood abandonment and failed reconciliation--is quintessential Gauthier: tender and pained, yet ultimately harmonious.
  7. The Foundling isn't a lot of fun, but it tells a very sad story with bleak eloquence.

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