Born In The U.K. - Badly Drawn Boy
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  • Summary: Lemon Jelly's Nick Franglen produced Damon Gough's fifth Badly Drawn Boy album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. A hugely moving affirmation of life. [Nov 2006, p.136]
  2. This may not measure up to The Hour Of Bewilderbeast, but it does boast a batch of sweet and deceptively unfussy, scruffily heartfelt tunes dealing with love, loss and the messiness of life that help redeem his unarguable songwriting talent.
  3. Born in the U.K. is a disarming, wistful work that observes Gough’s idealism with piano-driven balladry. [#15]
  4. While this makes for pleasant enough listening, we know that Damon Gough can do a lot better than pleasant.
  5. Born in the U.K. has some lovely idiosyncratic moments... but not much in the way of new ideas.
  6. A cursory listen is stultifyingly dull and alarmingly same-y, a pale follow-up to 2004's One Plus One Is One. A more careful ear reveals the sort of complexity we've come to expect from our Boy over the years.
  7. 20
    How in god's name did Damon Gough fall so far? [#74, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. FromTheLion'sMouth
    Jan 15, 2007
    10
    Fantastic album, which is unfortunately underrated by those who prefer soulless music.
  2. JilyC
    Mar 21, 2007
    10
    Love it completely. Nice to listen to any time. BDB is great. Beautiful and enchanting.
  3. PaulW.
    Dec 5, 2009
    10
    WHATT?!! How could everyone rip this album some much? There are so many damn good songs on it!! I think there is some conspiracy to take down Gough.
  4. L.Sapientia
    Oct 17, 2006
    8
    Badly Drawn buy is pretty sweet. Simple as that. His songs are simple and moving.
  5. MattD.
    Oct 26, 2006
    5
    Some good ideas, but everything feels like it's in slow motion. It gets annoying.
  6. matta
    Oct 27, 2006
    4
    One Plus One is One was not a return to form and neither is this tripe. At least One Plus One had a few okay songs (Another Devil Dies, Four One Plus One is One was not a return to form and neither is this tripe. At least One Plus One had a few okay songs (Another Devil Dies, Four Leaf Clover). This album really only has three that I kind of liked, but that I probably won't ever really go back to that often. Very disappointing to see how far Gough has slipped. Expand
  7. Brandon
    Oct 30, 2006
    1
    Absolutey dreadful. Hard to believe that a guy as visionary as Gough, the man who gave us "The Hour of Bewilderbeast," could be responsible Absolutey dreadful. Hard to believe that a guy as visionary as Gough, the man who gave us "The Hour of Bewilderbeast," could be responsible for such nonsense. Expand

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