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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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  • Audio CD (October 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B0040T79BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In Safe Hands
2. The Order of Things
3. Too Many Miracles
4. What Tomorrow Brings
5. I Saw You Walk Away
6. lt's What I'm Thinking
7. You Lied
8. A Pure Accident
9. This Electric
10. This Beautiful Idea

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Badly Drawn Boy's new album is part of a trilogy called It's What I'm Thinking and the subheading of the first album is Photographing SnoMakes. "I was having a drink one night with some friends and someone said 'What do you think is the hardest job ever?"' explains Gough, "and to me it's got to be photographing snowflakes. lt's impossible. People do it but l've no idea how they do it." lt's also an analogy for what Gough wants to achieve with this trilogy, grabbing those moments or songs that come from nowhere and capturing the moment. Photographing snowflakes.

Penning the soundtrack to last year's Caroline Aheme film The Fattest Man in
Britain sparked a period of unprecedented creativity for Gough, resulting in a wealth of new material. Invigorated and inspired by the approach of artists like mid-period Bob Dylan and Neil Young, who would go into the studio to record an album when the songs were flowing, rather than when the music industry powers that be dictated to them, Gough decided the best way to capture this surge and give the songs the exposure they deserved was to release a trilogy of albums. "I've got such a wealth of ideas I want to work on," explains Gough.
"And intrinsically, as a creative person, you don't want to switch off the flow of ideas, because that's what keeps you ticking."

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Badly Drawn Boy's new CD "It's What I'm Thinking: Part 1 - Photographing Snowflakes" is just as arty sounding as its title; soft lush sounds with a dreamy ambience acting as a backdrop for his plaintive vocals.

Opening is the Fleet Foxy "Safe Hands", followed by the more upbeat quivering beauty of "The Order of Things". "10 feet tall, but feeling small" he sings on the dreamy "What Tomorrow Brings", while the perky and absolutely magical "I Saw You Walk Away" finds his echoing vocals juxtaposed with arching strings.

Everything stands out on this superb collection, the countrified "It's What I'm Thinking", the gently chiming "You Lied" with hushed reverb-laden vocals, the groovy "This Electric", to the quirky "This Beautiful Idea" with disembodied vocals and Oriental chimes. Strangely beautiful, as is the entire album!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gregory William Locke on November 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Damon "Badly Drawn Boy" Gough's career is one of many variations of the all-too-perfect example of how the music industry has lost its mind. His breakthrough debut, 2000's The House of the Bewilderbeast, came along just as rampant file sharing crimes were hitting their stride. Within three years there were two million new bands on the Internet, countless music blogs and a huge number of failing record labels, artists and record stores. Bewilderbeast, a classic debut that easily ranks among the best intro records of the Naughts, set the bar high for BDB - a bar he easily hurdled with his second release, a soundtrack for the film About a Boy. Seeming on his way, BDB never again found the acclaim, fandom, attention or sales the first two records brought, instead, fading into the endless crowd of modern indie.

The consensus has been, amongst both writers and listeners it seems, that BDB hasn't done much worth listening to since those first two records. Sure, you'll find the loving press for each album, but, in general, one would think that - on paper - BDB's career died in 2003. Not true. Every BDB album I've heard (and there have been lots) is at least decent and includes a few great songs. The problem is that the sound has never been as shockingly unique as it was on Bewilderbeast. That, and the fact that, once you lose your steam in this modern day music world, you're all but done, regardless of how good your records are.

Last year Gough released Is There Nothing We Could Do?, a soundtrack for a TV film called "The Fattest Man in Britain," available only in the UK. Reviews were seemingly on board again, predicting that whatever Gough did next would be worth checking out, even if his time in the spotlight has passed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Murphy on October 30, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Damon puts his heart on the table again, so to truly see the ruby within, you need to dissect his heart and feel what he feels in each song. They are like little whispers in our ears all the things we wonder about when love keeps us from falling sleep. Being a dedicated true fan of Badly Drawn Boy from the start, since his magical album 'Bewilderbeast' I scour his new lyrics and devour his melodies. Every album he makes is completely different from the other, but contain all the pieces of his heart. Which makes him an artist, a truly diverse unique artist. This album sounds like a dream put into song.

In safe hands- reminds me of the free spirit vibes of 'silent sigh' that relax you into a trance.

The order of things- this brokenheart melody is similar to the sounds of 'born in the uk', "mean something that you say, birds in the sky - sing my melodies, but the truth is always there behind the order of things" is that not perfectly said? love it.

Too many miracles- definitely has the old 'Bewilderbeast' feel that attracted us like bees to his pollen and can't get enough of. "The age of romance is dead and gone...people falling out of love...are you ready to be in love again? I'm ready to be in love" these lyrics shine on the reality of people forgetting what a miracle
love truly is, and not to let yourself fall out of love.

What tomorrow brings-is a meditational song that just says what we all feel a long or bad day "I'm tired of thinking about this morning, may as well just dream about what tomorrow brings"

Saw you walk away- this song has the compelling essence of the songs on 'have you fed the fish?" This is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mod Rocker on November 20, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Finally, the boy has created a seamless piece that doesn't have me reaching for the skip button. Many of his records have some experimental stuff interwoven between brilliant songs... this one is ALL KILLER, no filler. Put it on if you have a long drive or walk ahead of you or need to " sort yerself out" ... atmospheric, confessional, introspective... glad to have ya back, mate... don't stay away so long...
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