The Hour of Bewilderbeastby Badly Drawn Boy
If you needed any more proof that the English are, well, different, just consider the fact that the land's tastemakers just handed the annual Mercury Prize -- think a combination of the Grammy and a rock Nobel -- to this oddly compelling bit of low-fi navel-gazing. Badly Drawn Boy, the nom de disque of a skittish lad named Damon Gough, manages to forge a downbeat yet friendly fusion of Guided by Voices' Bob Pollard and Burt Bacharach, dogged in both its soul-baring and its pop savvy. For the most part, The Hour of Bewilderbeast is a quiet pleasure, with songs such as "The Shining" and "Bewilderbeast" languidly coasting on streams of piano, strings, and oboe. Although largely soothing, it's not all easy listening, as borne out by the forlorn strains of "Pissing in the Wind," on which Gough accompanies himself on little more than acoustic guitar, and "Magic in the Air," which creates the same ambience with solo piano. Gough is less successful when he takes a stab at rocking out, after a fashion, on songs such as "Everybody's Stalking," which manages to pump up the volume without noticeably cranking up the energy level. But when he locks the door and shuts off the electricity, Gough elevates himself to the top ranks of Brit eccentrics -- so roll over Robyn Hitchcock and tell yer pal Momus the news.
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- Xl Recordings
Performance CreditsBadly Drawn Boy Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Gary Wilkinson Keyboards,Siren
Derrick Santini Hand Clapping
Jez Williams Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Spencer Birtwhistle Drums
Andy Votel Piano,Keyboards
Damon Gough Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Sean Kelly Drums
Andy Williams Drums
Joe Robinson Loops
Technical CreditsKen Nelson Producer
Gary Wilkinson Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Badly Drawn Boy String Arrangements
Andy Votel Arranger,Programming,Producer,Artwork,drum programming,String Samples
Damon Gough Programming
Paul Anthony Taylor String Arrangements
Joe Robinson Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
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badly drawn boy is one of the best new artists to emerge in the last 2 years. Tthis album represents everything an album should be. A decent length and enough musical diversity to make john lennon jealous. Definalty the stand out track is once around the block. Other ones at least in my opinon are disillusion and another pearl. With an album like this we can only expect good things to come.
This CD was given to me as part of a collection, so I wasn't sure what to expect. All I could think as I began listening to it was that it was beautiful, an automatic favorite. The music is very calming, full and melodious; it is also different from my usual style (think Placebo). I will enthusiastically recommend this CD to anyone.
I have never been so moved by music. For the past 5 years i have listened to BADLY DRAWN BOY and not been able to find anything to top him. I have bought this c-d a total of five times because i like to give them away, and share this beautifull masterpeice. His transitions are great, his voice is great, and i believe that anyone that can love can find a special place in there hearts for this artist.
A ground-breaking album that marks the turning point of Badly Drawn Boy to the music industry. The album has entitled him to the prestigious Mercury Prize Award back in 2000. With excellent tracks as the likes of Magic In The Air, Once Around The Block which features the funny-bizarre teenage video to the haunted listening Cause A Rockslide to the catchy Disillusion, I personally made this album top of the list of my favourite albums of all time besides The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. Badly Drawn Boys episteme to make experimental songs is somewhat conjuring trick with his magical wit to play with musical notes on his piano as the major instrument and this is to explain why this album is almost piano-driven. Regrettably, his comeback to the mainstream with the second album has not reached an extend to what I expected it to be on par with this album. Glad to say that About A Boy soundtrack which fully featured him as the sole performer of the album back in 2002 has been hailed as another fantabulous turnout by him. Both The Hour of Bewilderbeast and About The Boy has been acclaimed by critics to be the finest hour of this Prince of Alternative Music. And not enough by those album, his latest Born In The UK is not dissatisfactory too, luckily. My personal favourite tracks: Magic In The Air, Once Around The Block, Cause A Rockslide, Disillusion