Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Album of the Week: Mary Gauthier - The Foundling

Mary Gauthier's sixth album is a deeply personal record. Born to an unwed mother, she left her adopted family at fifteen to strike out on her own. The songs on The Foundling chronicle her struggle to find her birth mother who later refused to meet with her. The standout track, "March 11, 1962," details that phone call.

From The Guardian:

Her life story has been reflected in many of her finely observed story-songs, but now comes a concept album dealing with the pain of being abandoned, her struggle to find an identity, and her search for her birth mother. In the past, her finest songs, such as Sugar Cane or Camelot Motel, had a raw, gutsy edge...

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