About A Boy [Soundtrack] - Badly Drawn Boy
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  • Summary: Instead of a real follow-up to "The Hour of Bewliderbeast" (look for that later in 2002), Damon Gough returns with the score to the film adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel. The 16 new tracks here are split between short instrumental pieces and full songs.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. With About a Boy, Badly Drawn boy has grown up.
  2. It's an album that feels like a watershed somehow, a significant step onwards.
  3. A mix of songs and themes balancing obsessive craft with flippant style. [3 May 2002, p.89]
  4. A vibe of maverick playfulness married to fabulous tunes. [Apr 2002, p.106]
  5. The songs lack the emotional depth of Bewilderbeast, but the jaunty folk-pop is just so much fun.
  6. 70
    The seemingly effortless confidence displayed throughout is startling. [Apr 2002, p.108]
  7. Every card Gough plays is painfully transparent from the first time you play the disc. It's elementary stuff. It sounds manufactured, refined, cosmetic and sterile; in a word, silicone, like a pair of Badly Sculpted Breast Implants.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. JN
    Jul 25, 2002
    feelgood album of the summer and probably the year!
  2. DaveN.
    Sep 13, 2002
    It does not get much better than this.....
  3. JaredSS
    May 24, 2004
    Absolutely brilliant...what we've come to expect from Badly Drawn Boy. I like seeing somebody who has the balls to experiment while he's supposed to be making a radio-friendly soundtrack for the masses...and succeeding on both levels. Can't wait for what else he has to offer. Bring it on! Expand
  4. matta
    Jul 19, 2005
    A pair of badly sculpted breast implants? What the F? The folks over at Pitchfork need to pull their heads out of their asses. A great follow-up to Bewilderbeast and just a flat-out great album. His "proper" follow-up later this same year proved that Badly Drawn Boy is a genius, and that Pitchfork knows nothing. Expand
  5. MonkeyMalone
    Apr 23, 2002
    Rolling Stone can bite my butt!!!
  6. DaveL
    Aug 22, 2002
    Very good album....solid songwriting, great singing. "Silent Sigh" is one of the best songs of the year.
  7. Oct 26, 2011
    As good a soundtrack album as you'll probably hear and a very strong follow up to Hour of Bewilderbeast.While it doesn't have the same depth as Bewilderbeast, it is a soundtrack so is a completely different album. Lots of lovely short tracks in between proper songs. It's centre piece I love NYE and Silent Sigh are worth having this record alone. Donna & Blitzen is a classic alternative Christmas anthems that unfortunately never gets played. Expand

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