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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. Like his hero, Bruce Springsteen, he's willing to lay his feelings bare and, in a heartfelt, plainspoken sort of way, invite lovers to ride beside him on life's bumpy path.
  3. Born in the U.K. is a disarming, wistful work that observes Gough’s idealism with piano-driven balladry. [#15]
  4. Born in the U.K. has some lovely idiosyncratic moments... but not much in the way of new ideas.
  5. Too often, his words and melodies end up drowning in their busy surroundings.
  6. "Born" loses its focus amid unabashed nods to Burt Bacharach and songs that are just not done yet, despite smart tempo changes and pretty melodies.
  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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