It's What I'm Thinking, Pt. 1: Photographing Snowflakes

It's What I'm Thinking, Pt. 1: Photographing Snowflakes

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by Badly Drawn Boy
     
 

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Following the mixed reception of his ambitious 2006 album Born in the U.K., Badly Drawn Boy's Damon Gough retreated from the studio, returning only in 2009 when the writers of The Fattest Man in Britain asked him to write songs for the TV show's soundtrack. Being obligated to make music reignited Gough's creativity,See more details below

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Following the mixed reception of his ambitious 2006 album Born in the U.K., Badly Drawn Boy's Damon Gough retreated from the studio, returning only in 2009 when the writers of The Fattest Man in Britain asked him to write songs for the TV show's soundtrack. Being obligated to make music reignited Gough's creativity, leading him to create a proposed trilogy of albums that started with It's What I'm Thinking, Pt 1: Photographing Snowflakes. This return to the studio is also something of a return to form for Gough, who sounds more intimate and philosophical on these songs than he has since The Hour of Bewilderbeast. Badly Drawn Boy has done remarkable things with little more than an acoustic guitar, a drum machine and Gough's words, and songs such as "In Safe Hands" and "The Order of Things" serve as a reminder that many of his best songs sound like conversations set to music. Musically speaking, most of It's What I'm Thinking, Pt. 1 keeps it simpler than Gough has in some time; even the tracks bedecked with strings and timpani don't sound overcooked, and he stays close to the delicate folktronic territory that made his name, venturing only as far out as "You Lied'"s chilly soft rock and "I Saw You Walk Away'"s soulful pop. Thematically, however, things are more complex. True to the album's title, Gough is thoughtful on these songs, meditating on memories and the bigness and smallness of life on songs like "Too Many Miracles" and "What Tomorrow Brings," where he tries to balance thinking about the future and the present. Failure and fear are significant themes (particularly on the title track, where Gough disguises some of his harshest words with sleepy slide guitars) and indeed, It's What I'm Thinking, Pt. 1 sometimes sounds a little tentative. It's not until the album's final two tracks that Gough reconnects fully with his muse: On "This Electric," he's "chasin' all miracles" with the idealistic, confessional sweetness of his best work, a feeling that continues into "This Beautiful Idea," which counters the melancholy feel of much of the album with hope and discovery. Though It's What I'm Thinking, Pt. 1 finds Badly Drawn Boy still getting back on his feet, it has enough encouraging moments for fans to stick around until he hits his full stride.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
Label:
The End Records
UPC:
0654436017325
catalogNumber:
173
Rank:
200320

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Performance Credits

Badly Drawn Boy   Primary Artist
Caroline Dale   Cello
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Bruce White   Viola
Everton Nelson   Leader
Ian Burdge   Cello
Stephen Hilton   Synthesizer,Noise,Sampling
Leo Abrahams   Guitar
Chris Worsey   Cello
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Eos Chater   Violin
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Maxine Moore   Viola
Vince Sipprell   Strings
Stephen Fretwell   Bass,Guitar
Mike TV   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Kerenza Peacock   Violin
Christopher Tombling   Violin
English Session Orchestra   Strings
Gareth Griffiths   Violin
Jay Sikora   Drums
Emma Smith   Strings
Che Beresford   Drums
Woodrow Wilson Jackson   Guitar,Percussion
Ollie Collins   Bass

Technical Credits

Geoff Foster   Engineer
Jazz Summers   Management
Tim Parry   Management
Matt Dunkley   Arranger
Andy Votel   Artwork
Stephen Hilton   Producer,Engineer
Damon Gough   Composer
Vince Sipprell   String Arrangements
Seadna McPhail   Engineer
Emma Smith   String Arrangements

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