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About a Boy [Soundtrack]

Badly Drawn BoyAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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"He's the Chorlton-cum-Springsteen anti-superstar" - Paul Morley

Has it really been a decade?
It feels a lot longer.
It feels like yesterday.
It was June 2000 when the Mercury-winning, seminal The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, announced the arrival of the badly drawn genius of Damon Gough. It's been a curious, wonderful, inimitable, unpredictable decade of major ... Read more in Amazon's Badly Drawn Boy Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Reincarnate Music
  • ASIN: B0000640NN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Exit Stage Right
2. A Peak You Reach
3. Something to Talk About
4. Dead Duck
5. Above You, Below Me
6. I love NYE
7. Silent Sigh
8. Wet, Wet, Wet
9. River, Sea, Ocean
10. S.P.A.T.
11. Rachel's Flat
12. Walking Out of Stride
13. File Me Away
14. A Minor Incident
15. Delta (Little Boy Blues)
16. Donna and Blitzen

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Badly Drawn Boy ~ About A Boy

Damon Gough, the man behind Badly Drawn Boy, opted to score the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel About a Boy instead of recording a regular follow-up to 2000's Hour of Bewilderbeast. Interspersed with short instrumental interludes that serve as lovely miniatures, the songs evoke the book's jaunty mood and (fittingly for something based on a Nick Hornby story) incorporate strands of pop music from the past 40 years with uncommon grace. "Something to Talk About" borrows from Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney yet doesn't feel derivative; "Above You, Below Me" is a charming waltz; the intoxicating "Donna and Blitzen" is pure Phil Spector-does-Christmas. Inspired meetings of this magnitude between film and music are rare enough that this one should be celebrated to the high heavens. --Elisabeth Vincentelli

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love NYE June 5, 2004
By christa
Format:Audio CD
This is an outstanding soundtrack, possessing a melancholy beauty that captures the bittersweet flavor of the movie perfectly. In my opinion it's on par with The Graduate's soundtrack - at least, I'd be hard-pushed to think of another comtemporary movie soundtrack that's as heartfelt and moving (although Jon Brion's excellent classical compositions for "Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind..." impress too).
I am surprised however, how people have overloooked the stand-out track on this inspiring soundtrack - I love NYE. I'm just blown away every time I hear this instrumental masterpiece. (I even noticed that the last series of Sex and the City threw it in for poignant effect at one point.)
In About a Boy Nick Hornby and Badly Drawn Boy were just one of those perfect pairings. And subsequently it's is one of my favorite films... something, I hasten to add, I'm slightly embarassed about because it was marketed like most Hollywood garbage (ie cheesy and over-sentimental which it wasn't) and I can't stand Hugh Grant normally, but he was surprisingly great in this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different direction - but still good stuff October 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It always kills me how some people want an artist to always keep the same sound as the first album they heard. But isn't that the mark of a true artist? To explore, to experiment, to branch out and evolve? To sometimes do a special commission for someone who appreciates your work? An artist should evolve as they work, otherwise, every album will end up sounding the same.
An example: what if the Beatles only recorded in the style of "A Hard Day's Night". Of course, that is great music. But then we never would have gotten to "Sgt. Pepper's" or "Rubber Soul" or "Abbey Road". And what a loss that would have been.
This album is still great music, even if it is what people derogatorily refer to as a "soundtrack". I have not seen the movie. But I still think this is an album that stands on its own. I love to listen to it almost as much as I do "Bewilderbeast". Each song flows into the next. They are beautiful and well-written, filled with emotion. I even love all the little interludes between songs (which remind me a lot of the "Rushmore" soundtrack). Every time I listen, I think "I need to go rent the movie." I'd love to see how these great songs fit into the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie and very good music for it! June 4, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoyed BDB's Hour of Bewilderbeast, you'll absolutely love About A Boy. First off, it really doesn't sound like a soundtrack. The music lives on it's own with or without the storyline references. Tucked away are deep and soul-filled pop tunes that BDB has become known for. There really isn't a dull or bad moment on the disc. Catchy one minute and somber the next, About A Boy is what soundtracks want to sound like.
I highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise September 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I became familiar with Badly Drawn Boy through the Hugh Grant movie "About a Boy." I really appreciated the movie because it had a unique point of view of two "teenagers", one an adult misfit who never grew up(Grant), and one a teenage misfit who can't grow up because he has no one in his life to show him how.
At any rate, I really liked the music from the film, and I purchased the CD. Badly Drawn Boy (an upcoming act in Britain - which means total obscurity in the US) provides the entire soundtrack here. It is really wonderful. Like many top artists in Britain, it is parts Beatles, Bob Dylan, R & B, and soul music, mixed in with a dash of theater sensibilities, with a sprinkle of typical British cheekiness for taste.
Standout tracks include the sublime "Silent Sigh," "Something to Talk About," (the theme of the movie I suppose), "SPAT," "River, Sea, Ocean," (which sounds like a cross between the Monkees and a Admiral Halsey period McCartney - yes really) and "A Minor Incident."
Interspersed in between the tracks are interludes that arose in the movie, and are placed here, far from being filler, the interludes are interesting little 'ditties.'
Overall, ths is a pleasant surprise for a movie soundtrack CD. I was inspired to also purchase Badly Drawn Boy's "The Hour of Bewilderbeast" and Mystikal, who before the movie, like Marcus (the young boy in the movie), I was clueless about. You know you should "Shake your - bum -"
If you like pleasant upbeat and interesting music you will definitely enjoy this CD. It is really a great revelation, and great fun. I also recommend "The Hour of Bewilderbeast."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack??????? April 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I admit it. Not having heard any tracks, seeing the dreaded word 'Soundtrack' on the the cover had me spooked, for all of a split second, before I greedily zapped it up at the local record store. Obviously the producers imagined the same possibilities as I did on hearing 'The Hour of the Bewilderbeast'. And upon the first listen, you hear the great melody, but look in vain for the experimentalism that made that album so great. But then the subtle hooks grab you, and they don't let go, and then perhaps you will find, as I have, that it has assumed control of your cd player and refuses to be shut off. Sure it is more Pop than 'Hour', but it is a great artistic pop that will wrench at your heart. This is a true album, a great album, and what is more, an unexpected gift arriving far sooner than a 'studio' follow-up ever would.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything was great. Would order from this seller again
Everything was great. Would order from this seller again.
Published 2 months ago by R,N,
5.0 out of 5 stars About a Boy
`About a Boy' is Badly Drawn Boy's second album and is the soundtrack to the film of the same name. This has a very similar feel to `The Hour of Bewilderbeast', which is probably... Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Spider Monkey
1.0 out of 5 stars CopyProtected - Unable to play on computer
Great album. Unfortuantely it appears to be copy protected and unable to play on computer systems.
Published on March 27, 2005 by bookreader
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
This is one of the best motion picture soundtracks out there right now- right along with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack. Read more
Published on February 5, 2005 by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Badly Drawn Boy's gift is that he writes songs that end up stuck in your memory without you even realising it. Read more
Published on June 14, 2004 by William Whyte
5.0 out of 5 stars BDB amazes me
this was my 1st bdb cd, and i have had it for awhile now but i choose to write a review now, my about a boy cd is currently in bad condition and iam gonna get a new copy right... Read more
Published on February 13, 2004 by C. Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This album to me, is utterly amazing. Badly Drawn Boy is wonderful, and his songs (like my favourite "A Minor Incident") take the listener to not only a place in the... Read more
Published on December 29, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Badly Drawn Boy is the Savior of music today
I am so sick of hearing all these bands that all sound the same, Corporate rock, Pop, and Rap. There are new bands such as Something Corporate and Dashboard Confessionals that i... Read more
Published on August 9, 2003 by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars great album soundtrack
Badly Drawn Boy earns points for not using his theme motifs too often interspersing the instrumental passages with excellent pop songs. Read more
Published on June 27, 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Misplaced Originality
OK...for matter of comparison here's what I can come with for Badly Drawn Boy's Soundtrack to "About a Boy": take a mix between the 80's Aztek Camera and XTC and you... Read more
Published on June 13, 2003 by M. Swinney
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