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  • Summary: The debut full-length album from Damon Gough (who records under the Badly Drawn Boy name) earned Britain's Mercury Prize for Best Album in 2000.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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  1. 100
    A work of warm-hearted ambition, embracing ragtime, disco beats, melodic Johnny Marr-isms... and echoes of Bacharach.... A classic debut LP with a lifetime's worth of triumphs and tragedies packed into it. [July 2000, p.112]
  2. A wonderfully offbeat blend of atmospheric folk and lo-fi rock that never fails to charm.... One of the year's most well-rounded and consistently satisfying albums.
  3. The loose, scatterbrain album operates much like the early solo endeavors of Paul McCartney, with 80% developed gems flowing effortlessly from the damp, rustic English countryside.... Piano, strings, harps, and wurlitzer attach insect wings to the lovely songs. They'll swarm and pester your head for days.
  4. These songs are sonically interesting and pretty as Mom on Easter, but they don't really ring true...
  5. 70
    The results are engaging without quite reaching flashover.
  6. Sounds like Elliott Smith's English cousin, or Nick Drake's almost-upbeat nephew.... sweet, gently burning songs.
  7. 50
    Gough's dewy little tunes are mere scribblings in the margins of alt-folk's dog-eared hook-book, while his too-cool-to-care singing is drip-dry dreary. [12/2000, p.232]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Aug 15, 2011
    10
    This is an album about positive expectations, an album you can so easily fall in love with and flows so effortlessly. BDB is a true songwriterThis is an album about positive expectations, an album you can so easily fall in love with and flows so effortlessly. BDB is a true songwriter taking the listener through an epic adventure. Expand
  2. RicN.
    Jan 4, 2002
    10
    Just played it and played it and played it. This guy is reminiscent of Lou Reed in his lighter moments - surely destined to be a major artist Just played it and played it and played it. This guy is reminiscent of Lou Reed in his lighter moments - surely destined to be a major artist - acknowledged or not Expand
  3. JaredSS
    May 12, 2004
    10
    Absolutely brilliant! Arguably the best album of the last five years. As a whole, it works better than a Pink Floyd album and the Absolutely brilliant! Arguably the best album of the last five years. As a whole, it works better than a Pink Floyd album and the Beatle-esque melodies will ring in your ear long after hearing them. Do yourself the privelage of giving this masterpiece a listen or two....or five. Expand
  4. phill
    Mar 3, 2004
    9
    A rare pop talent - this album is loaded with memorable songs.
  5. CHRIS
    Feb 25, 2005
    9
    nifty.
  6. Oct 26, 2011
    8
    A brilliant debut from the enigmatic Badly Drawn Boy. Original throughout, full of nicely crafted songs intermingled with sound collages. OnlyA brilliant debut from the enigmatic Badly Drawn Boy. Original throughout, full of nicely crafted songs intermingled with sound collages. Only 1 or 2 weak tracks of the 18 on it. I'd recommend to anyone who appreciates good melodies and cute lyrics. Although I'm cautious in saying it, this reminds me a lot of the Beatles White album in terms of it's style (but obviously without all the Beatles all time classics that appeared on that record). The song writing here is top notch and well deserved it's Mercury Music Prize. Collapse
  7. BenjaminBunny
    Mar 26, 2004
    6
    Lyrically banal, the folksy tracks strike me as a pose (Damon Gough comes across as a sure-fire Elliott Smith fan)--not groundbreaking by any Lyrically banal, the folksy tracks strike me as a pose (Damon Gough comes across as a sure-fire Elliott Smith fan)--not groundbreaking by any stretch, but consistantly listenable throughout. The follow-up, "Have You Fed the Fish?" is a more singular and assured vision from this artist. Expand

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