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"...A solid set of songs..." -- Alternative Press - 8 out of 10
"...Lush real strings and the familiar one-take roughness....milkman-friendly classics all..." -- Mojo
"...Original and gladdening music..." Included in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best Albums of 2002." -- Q Magazine - 4 out of 5 stars
"...The CD is split between completely songs and fleeting instrumentals, all of it laced with that big-screen vibe..." -- CMJ
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It opens with a sunny piano melody, just a cute little ditty that doesn't last half a minute. Then it shifts into the mellow, sharp keyboard pop of "A Peak You Reach," before blossoming into a blend of poppy folk (the soothing "Something To Talk About" and fun "River Sea Ocean") and folky pop (the slightly eerie "Silent Sigh and bouncy "File Me Away").
Sprinkled through these are instrumental interludes, some less than a minute long. But despite their brevity, these little instrumentals manage to feel well-rounded and full. One a particular highlight is "Delta (Little Boy Blues)," an enchanting pop tune augmented by horns and what sounds like an organ.
No wonder Nick Hornby wanted Badly Drawn Boy (real name: Damon Gough) for the soundtrack to "About a Boy." While there are occasional lapses -- "S.P.A.T" is a fragmented electronic mess -- the mellow, autumnal sound of this soundtrack is just entrancing. Yes, the Hugh Grant movie about a Peter-Pannish thirtysomething was good -- but the music alone is a prize.
Gough is to be commended for having his songs "flow" into one another -- it feels a bit like a sprawling, many-toned song that has been carefully divided into bits and pieces, then stitched back together. It doesn't have the experimental feel of his non-soundtrack albums, but the delicate piano, guitar, strings, harmonica and blazing brass blend into a smooth, mellow sound.Read more ›
This album is amazing. Just different enough from his non-soundtrack albums to be interesting yet containing all of the things you love about him. On first listen, you may think the musical interludes are filler -- you'd be wrong, though. On subsequent listens, this album reveals itself as the perfect creation it is. I'd liken it to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On in the sense that all the songs have a very similar feel, and musical interludes have some melodies repeated throughout the album.
So buy this, jump in the car on a rainy, autumn day and prepare to be completely astounded by how good these melodies and songs are.
This has fully formed tracks, as well as brief orchestral interludes that score certain parts of the film, but to be honest it sits very well together as a complete album and is credible in it's own right. I adore `Silent Sigh' which is probably one of the more moving tracks Gough has ever written. That piano intro gets me going every time and by the time the lyrics kicks in I am gone. Perfection.
If you enjoyed the music in the film then definitely give this a go, but if you haven't even seen the film and just like Badly Drawn Boy's music, then don't hesitate as this is as good as previous work (and work to come) and I heartily recommend it.
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I've watched this movie with my son many times. Though it deals with depression, it's a heart-warming movie. Funny, too. The sound-track by Badly Drawn Boy is a gem.Published on December 15, 2012 by Michael Rowley
I keep coming back to Badly Drawn Boy after his amazing debut album. Unfortunately, time and time again I end up being disappointed. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by The Guy on the Couch
An impressive array of production arrangement went into rounding this out to be an underrated if imperfect gem in a declining catalog.
Saw the movie and loved the theme song. The rest of the soundtrack is okay - all done by the same band - Badly Drawn Boy. Like I said, the rest is average. Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Joe Mama