The first album from the band of the same name, Foundation is primarily Rob Huddleston, who also plays guitar in the Richmond, VA, punk band, Ann Beretta. However, Foundation is a far cry from the yelling, screaming anthems of Huddleston's usual punk sound. Foundation consists primarily of Huddleston playing his acoustic guitar and singing, yet there is also a potpourri of instruments as friends and musicians contribute piano, strings, drums, and organ. Much of this project contains a down-home, earthy feeling with influential styles such as honky tonk and Americana being noted. It is apparent that Huddleston has put a lot of heart and soul into this album. Every song is dripping with a spirit which will speak primarily to those with a background in Middle America. Simple yet inspired works about life and love and the struggles of growing up in working class culture make up much of the subject matter. Occasionally the music can get redundant, but through Huddleston's storytelling, it is more like a journey with his warm, gentle vocals leading the way. The album ends with Huddleston covering Tom Waits's "Old Shoes," thus giving this debut album an apt closure.
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AllMusic Review by Kurt Morris