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One Plus One Is One Import

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Import pressing of the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter's 2004 album, features 14 tracks. Twisted Nerve.


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Xl Recordings UK
  • ASIN: B0001KBSUK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By EBHP on September 5, 2004
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For all of the reviewers who have bashed this album by giving it anything less than 4 stars, I honestly wonder if we're all listening to the same album or if you're just trying to impress us by shooting holes in it. What's more impressive - creating the art or destroying it? In today's world I think I know the answer...

The purpose of a review like this on Amazon should be to provide those people who haven't yet purchased the album the chance to see what other listeners think so they can make a somewhat informed decision on whether to buy it. It's not meant to be a forum to over-analyze an artist based upon some ridiculous criteria or previous albums produced (which far too many people have done here, as though he should have simply stopped producing music since his first album was so perfect).

Having said this, I highly recommend this for anyone who has previously owned a BDB album, or for someone who enjoys varied tunes of witty, introspective rock/pop/folk (aka Elliot Smith or Nick Drake). This album is not the downer that so many other reviewers have indicated. There are several "upbeat" tracks on this album, including an eight-and-a-half minute piano driven mini-rock opera (Holy Grail) featuring the flute and a children's choir that ends in a three minute stream of sonic dissonance!

In a music business where style dominates substance, an artist like Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy) is a national treasure no matter what country you're from. Cherish this man while he is still producing such wonderful music.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matt on July 27, 2004
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I have been a huge fan of badly drawn boy since i first heard "Bewilderbeast". Unlike many i was also a big fan of "Have you fed the fish?", sure it was overblown but the songwriting and arrangements were fantastic. It seems to me that everyone just expected Badly Drawn Boy to repeat "Bewilderbeast". "Fish" was not bewilderbeast, it was a different more complex and refined work that was different but still very good. Now to "One Plus One is One", people are still expecting Badly Drawn Boy to repeat "Bewilderbeast", and again this is no bewilderbeast; in fact i would say it lies somewhere between fish and bewilderbeast. it isn't as good as either of those albums, but it is still very good. The arrangements aren't nearly as complex as fish, but it lacks the lo-fi and spontaneous charm of bewilderbeast. Still, the songwriting is excellent throughout (Four leaf clover and logic of a friend being my favorites) and the album sparkles with optimistic charm. There were some slightly annoying touches, such as the children's choir in holy grail, but nothing that significantly detracts from the album. One plus one may not be a masterpiece on the same level as bewilderbeast, but does that make it a bad album? Absolutely not! It posseses a homegrown charm and warmth that is lacking in so much of the icy electronic based music produced today. Like most fans i am still waiting for his next masterpiece, but in the mean time this will do just fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Crisp on March 6, 2005
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I am new to Badly Drawn Boy. I discovered him, probably like many, through the film 'About a Boy',and was drawn in by his simple and yet effective melodies. I have been yearning for some mellow, guitar, songwriter kind of music recently, and this is far beyond that!

This album is wonderful. He has an amazing ability to write beautiful and melodic songs, many with just a string section, some great chords and a guitar. And yet there are also some epic songs on here, as mentioned before, 'Holy Grail' has a childrens choir and the song somehow works really well with all the funky experimental stuff going on.

This album is perfect for sitting and chilling to. I like to study to it alot! It has catchy upbeat tunes to keep you motivated, and yet it isn't at all distracting.

At least take a listen to 'One Plus One Is One' , 'This is That New Song' and 'Year of The Rat' to give you a feel for this album, and enjoy!

5 out of 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2004
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If you were to take a bit of the Beatles, Ben Harper, David Gray, Jethro Tull, and maybe even some Radiohead, and jam them into one "sound" - you might come up with Badly Drawn Boy. The lyrics are intelligent and the music showcases Damon's/band's talent. This is the first album I have bought of Badly Drawn Boy - "Life Turned Upside Down" is my favorite on the album - sort of "Roses for a friend" (Ben Harper) sounding. I will buy all of his albums - we need this kind of quirky music so we don't get diluted by the pop-music trash on the radio/TV.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Javier A. Rangel on November 3, 2005
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If I could I would give this album 4 stars and a half. It nearly apporaches perfection. If the hour of the bewilderbeast is an amazing album. This for me, was done with more effort. This album remindsme of being in a nice and comfortable bar listening to a guy playing his acoustic guitar and singing these songs. Easy to digest, easy to like. My fave tracks are: One plus one is one, This is that new song, Another devil dies, Year of the rat (probably my BDB fave), and Logic of a friend. This album won't dissapoint you. Give it a try.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Dyson on August 3, 2004
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Very disappointed in this release after Mr. Gough's other work. Rarely do I buy an album before I've heard some of the tracks, but due to liking his earlier work so much I took the plunge and bought it. More foo me... I'll be listening to the tracks on his next album before I buy it... A couple of tracks on this album are decent, but certainly not the quality of his other work. In fact if you told me this was a collection of B-sides I'd believe it...

And to rub salt in the wounds, I bought this pre-release from Amazon and then they dropped its price by 22% the day it was released... Thanks!
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