User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11

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  1. Oct 26, 2011
    7
    The follow up proper to Hour of Bewilderbeast - It doesn't quite live up to his debut. There are some good idea's here but they aren't fully developed on here. Everything he got right on Bewilderbeast, doesn't quite come off for him here and at times the record has a bit of a dreary feel to it. Having said that there are still enough good tracks to make it a worthwhile listen.
  2. Aug 28, 2011
    9
    I think this album is a victim of bad track ordering, the second half of the album doesn't quite flow as much as the first. Its still great, the songcraft is as good as HOTB but just not as frequent, You Were Right is his best song yet and arguably one of the most touching songs ever written.
  3. MikeP
    Feb 11, 2007
    4
    I really enjoyed The Hour of Bewilderbeast and the About A Boy soundtrack but he's lost something since then. This is quite a boring album with mildly irritating lyrics and weak tunes. There is none of the brilliance of Disillusion, Once Around the Block, Something To Talk About or Silent Sigh here.
  4. matta
    Jul 19, 2005
    8
    I will agree partially with some critics that have said that the whole affair just doesn't flow that well, but still, this album features, individually, some amazing songs (All possibilities, The Further I Slide) and a funny, recurring lyrical theme. He's still a genius.
  5. JaredSS
    May 12, 2004
    9
    Great from beginning to end. Easily one of the most satisfying albums of the new millenium. If John Lennon, Elliott Smith, Elvis Costello, and "Mutations" or "Sea Change" Beck had a child, they'd name him Badly Drawn Boy.
  6. BenjaminBunny
    Mar 26, 2004
    8
    Damon Gough sheds his faux-folk cloak and comes out of the closet as a goofy British balladeer with a knack for shticky production and sticky melodies! Much better.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Plainly put, there's something missing in Have You Fed The Fish -- something fresh and whimsical, a tie that binds the songs together, and that endearing twinge that made The Hour such a masterpiece.
  2. 60
    Have You Fed the Fish? seems like a bit of a let down. A surprisingly catchy and listenable disappointment, but a disappointment nonetheless.
  3. The disappointments just keep on coming.