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Posted by: Dave on November 13, 2006 at 9:59 am

BadlyDrawnBoyBornUKNote: After ditching an album’s worth of material recorded with veteran producer Stephen Street (best known for his work with The Smiths and Blur), Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy) started over and eventually recorded Born In the U.K., his fifth album.
Sound: Sentimental soft rock ballads and grand, mid-tempo reflections with piano, orchestrated strings and muted horns (he’s become somewhat of British Burt Bacharach). Plus, there’s often a spiritually uplifting side that can move into musical theatre territory (think Godspell).
Heavy Rotation tracks: none
Medium Rotation tracks:Journey from A to B”; “Welcome to the Overground
Explicit Lyrics*: none
Recommended: Not only has Damon Gough lost the scrappy, home-recorded edge that made his debut album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, such a treat, the expert pop hooks from his second and third albums, the About A Boy soundtrack and Have You Fed the Fish? (my #6 album of 2002), are missing, too. He’s still a fine lyricist and composer, and some may appreciate his sappier, light FM direction. But for the second album in a row, I’m pretty bored by Badly Drawn Boy.
Grade: C+

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* Noting of explicit lyrics is for the benefit of radio music directors or anyone else that needs/wants to keep their music FCC-friendly.



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