Foundling (album)

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Studio album by David Gray
Released 16 August 2010 (2010-08-16)
Genre Folk rock
Length 69:03
Label Polydor (UK)
Mercer Street/Downtown (US)
Producer David Gray, Iestyn Polson, Robbie Malone
David Gray chronology
Singles from Foundling
  1. "A Moment Changes Everything"
    Released: 13 July 2010

Foundling is the ninth studio album by English singer-songwriter David Gray. The double album was released on 16 August 2010 in the United Kingdom, and on the following day in the United States by Mercer Street/Downtown Records.[1][2][3]

Album information[edit]

Foundling was announced after plans for a reissue of his preceding album Draw the Line were cancelled. The re-release was scheduled to include B-sides and unreleased tracks from the Draw the Line sessions, which included "A Moment" (released as the first single under the new title "A Moment Changes Everything"), "Old Father Time", and "More to Me Now".[4]

Described as a "private record", Gray states that he has "never taken the dynamics [as] low as I have done on this record. I had to have faith in writing and understatement – the things I hold as my strengths. I'm as proud of it as anything I've done."[5] Gray's commercial expectations, however, are low: "This record is going to disappear off the face of the earth, bar some freak occurrence." Foundling is described as "the closing chapter for Draw The Line, and...needs to be presented in a different way."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]

The album has received mixed to negative reviews. The Guardian said the album was "nothing new" but "high-quality adult pop".[5] The Daily Telegraph said the album " is unlikely to win Gray new fans but is as rich and heartfelt as admirers have come to expect."[9] The Independent gave the album 2 out of 5 stars and called the album "fairly grim" and "so swaddled in "poetic" obfuscation it's hard to summon enough interest to decode them.",[10] adding that while Foundling is "restrained, understated, graceful", it is "unlikely to repeat White Ladder's success."[11] MusicOMH also gave 2 out of 5 stars saying the album "does become slightly wearisome after a while."[12] Drowned in Sound gave Foundling a 6/10 rating, calling it "out of time, often boring, but is just too competent to lend itself to any fun."[13] The Evening Standard called the album "safe"[14] but Q (magazine) said Gray is "getting more interesting with each release."[15] Review aggregator AnyDecentMusic? correlated 10 reviews, resulting in an ADM Rating of 5.7.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by David Gray.

No. Title Length
1. "Only the Wine" 2:52
2. "Foundling" 5:29
3. "Forgetting" 4:18
4. "Gossamer Thread" 5:11
5. "The Old Chair" 2:55
6. "In God's Name" 3:42
7. "We Could Fall in Love Again Tonight" 4:26
8. "Holding On" 5:10
9. "When I Was in Your Heart" 2:37
10. "A New Day at Midnight" 2:46
11. "Davey Jones' Locker" 5:11
Bonus disc – Not available in UK Edition[16][17]
No. Title Length
1. "Fixative" 4:07
2. "Morning Theme" 2:43
3. "The Dotted Line" 3:43
4. "A Million Years" 3:11
5. "Who's Singing Now" 3:02
6. "Old Father Time" 4:01
7. "Indeed I Will" 3:28
8. "A Moment Changes Everything" 3:28
iTunes-only bonus track
No. Title Length
9. "More to Me Now" 2:43


  • David Gray – vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium, Wurlitzer, suitcase organ, harmonica, synth, vox organ
  • Keith Prior – drums, percussion
  • Robbie Malone – bass, acoustic and electric guitar, bouzouki, harmonium, backing vocals
  • Neill MacColl – acoustic and electric guitars, backing vocals
  • James Hallawell – piano on "Davey Jones' Locker"
  • Iestyn Polson – programming on "Holding On" and bass piano on "Foundling"
  • Caroline Dale – cellos on "Forgetting"
  • Felim Gormley – saxophone on "Foundling" and "We Can Fall in Love Again"
  • Andy Warrington – hurdy-gurdy on "In God's Name"
  • Tim Bradshaw – guitar on "A New Day at Midnight"
  • Dave Nolte – keyboards on "A New Day at Midnight"


  1. ^ Newsletter
  2. ^ "Discography –". Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "Discography –". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  4. ^ New album by David Gray instead of Draw The Line re-release
  5. ^ a b David Gray: 'I'm trained to wash up' | Interview | Music | The Observer. Guardian. Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  6. ^ David Gray Shows Softer Side on 'Foundling'. (10 August 2010). Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Foundling by David Gray". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Foundling - David Gray - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  9. ^ McCormick, Neil. (13 August 2010) David Gray: Foundling, CD review. Telegraph. Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  10. ^ Album: David Gray, Foundling (IHT/Polydor) – Reviews, Music. The Independent (13 August 2010). Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  11. ^ Album: David Gray, Foundling (IHT/Polydor) – Reviews, Music. The Independent (15 August 2010). Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  12. ^ David Gray – Foundling | album reviews. musicOMH. Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  13. ^ Yates, Daniel B.. (13 August 2010) David Gray – Foundling / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound. Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  14. ^ CDs of the week: Iron Maiden, David Gray and The Hoosiers | Music. Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  15. ^ a b Reviews of Foundling by David Gray, collected by Any Decent Music. (16 August 2010). Retrieved on 12 December 2010.
  16. ^ NewsPosts : The Foundling
  17. ^ NewsPosts : Foundling Artwork