Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. The movie-cue instrumentals, underdeveloped sketches and an incongruous fake cop-show theme prevent About a Boy from fully holding together as an album, but at the core of this soundtrack are some elegant, fully realized songs.
  2. Uncut
    60
    Light and airy, pretty in parts, but devoid of muscle, grit or originality. [May 2002, p.96]
  3. 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.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Oct 26, 2011
    7
    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 depthAs 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. Full Review »
  2. matta
    Jul 19, 2005
    9
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. JaredSS
    May 24, 2004
    9
    Absolutely brilliant...what we've come to expect from Badly Drawn Boy. I like seeing somebody who has the balls to experiment while 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! Full Review »