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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. [Foundling was re-released on CD in 2015.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
Label: Iht Records
UPC: 5060186926421
catalogNumber: 1414
Rank: 39932

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Gray   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Piano,Harmonium,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Tony Lewis   Strings
Mark Berrow   Strings
Nick Cooper   Strings
Caroline Dale   Strings,Cello
Liz Edwards   Strings
Roger Garland   Strings
Felim Gormley   Saxophone
James Hallawell   Piano
Kick Horns   Horn
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Martin Loveday   Strings
Neill MacColl   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim McCleod   Strings
David Nolte   Keyboards
Maciej Rakowski   Strings
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Cathy Thompson   Strings
Annie Whitehead   Trombone
Dermot Crehan   Strings
Peter Lale   Strings
Patrick Kiernan   Strings
Boguslaw Kostecki   Strings
Jackie Shave   Strings
Bruce White   Strings
Andrew Parker   Strings
David Daniels [cello]   Strings
Tim Bradshaw   Guitar
Everton Nelson   Strings
Alison Kelly   Strings
Andy Warrington   Hurdy-Gurdy
Nigel Black   French Horn
Rachel Bolt   Strings
Deborah Widdup   Strings
Dai Emanuel   Strings
Iestyn Polson   Piano
Emlyn Singleton   Strings
Nick Barr   Strings
Keith Prior   Percussion,Drums
Dave Lee   French Horn
David Stewart   Bass Trombone
Perry Montague-Mason   Strings
Emil Chakalov   Strings
Mike McMenemy   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,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Background Vocals
Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Andy Brown   Strings
Dave Woodlock   Strings
John Mills   Strings
Jon Thorne   Strings
Don McVay   Strings
Kate Wilkinson   Strings

Technical Credits

David Gray   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Iestyn Polson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Robbie Malone   Producer
Devin Becker   Illustrations
Melisa Constandse   Artwork
Kevin Landwehr   Artwork
Vries   Arranger,Producer
Dale   Arranger

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