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The Hour of Bewilderbeast

Badly Drawn BoyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 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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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xl Recordings
  • ASIN: B00004TJWD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Shining
2. Everybody's Stalking
3. Bewilder
4. Fall In A River
5. Camping Next To Water
6. Stone On The Water
7. Another Pearl
8. Body Rap
9. Once Around The Block
10. This Song
11. Bewilderbeast
12. Magic In The Air
13. Cause A Rockslide
14. Pissing In The Wind
15. Blistered Heart
16. Disillusion
17. Say It Again
18. Epitaph

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In 2000, the techno-folk troubadour Damon Gough, a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, won the U.K.-based Mercury Music Prize, Brit-pop's blue ribbon award. His first full-length, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, is a song cycle relaying the life span of a romantic relationship with dry lyrical humor, soft-touch acoustic strumming, mellow horns, and gossamer strings. Repeated listenings are required, but like a down pillow, as your head sinks into this album, its warm comforts and rewards reveal themselves deep within a melodic cushion. --Beth Massa

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Startling Debut! July 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The first album by Badly Drawn Boy has been released amidst much hype--and believe me the hype is well founded. Badly Drawn Boy is basically the brainchild of Damon Gough from Manchester,England.The early e.p.'s showed great promise,and this promise has come to fruition on an album of startling variety. The influence of sixties folk musician Nick Drake seems to be all the rage at the moment.When the first notes of the first song 'The Shining' are struck I was expecting a c.d. of 18 mellow tracks.It starts off with a gentle cello-horn instrumental,then Gough adds some vocals to this beautifully mellow opening.Then track 2-'Everybody's Stalking' changes the mood totally,as it's driven by a ferocious bass line and it doesn't half rock!This is the magic of this c.d.,Gough has the ability to change the sound,the influence,the mood with consumate ease.Another example of this comes at track 8-'Body Rap' which sounds like one of those Beastie Boy,D.J. Shadow instrumental interludes.This leads straight into 'Once Around The Block' a gentle r/b piece,complete with wah-wah guitars,Blues lead guitar and excellent harmonious vocals.You may think all this mish mash of influences may make the c.d. very disjointed-but somehow it all seems to fit together perfectly.The title track,song 11-Bewilderbeast is wonderful in that it brings all these sounds together on one amazing track.Track 12 'Magic In The Air' is a haunting,melancholic ballad,with piano and guitar the backdrop for Gough's excellent vocals.Track 14 has a definite country feel to it.Track 16-'Disillusion' has a real seventies feel to it-with a sound that isn't to far removed (instrumentally) from The Doobie Brother's. 18 tracks may seem quite alot for any c.d.-especially a debut,but there are no obvious weak songs at all. Read more ›
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sloppy, but worthwhile December 29, 2000
By sask
Format:Audio CD
After the first listen, Badly Drawn Boy's The Hour Of Bewilderbeast could easily be construed as Badly Done Beck. Cynics would say that Damon Gough owes a heck of a lot to American indie artists like Beck, Lou Barlow, and Mark Eitzel, and his lo-fi style is about six years too late. Overflowing with kooky combinations of instruments, studio effects, and lyrics that beat the listener over the head with wide-eyed charm and precociousness (much like being pummeled by Nerf balls), it's easy to get lost in this cd, which at first sounds like a big old mess (that jumbled feel of the record is conveyed on the collage album cover).
But then it gets its hooks in you. Underneath all the home studio knob-twiddling are some real pop-rock treasures. 'The Shining', which has been used in a well-known Gap Christmas ad, beats Belle & Sebastian at their own game; while the Scottish collective failed to live up to their early promise this year, Gough has created a gorgeous acoustic song with a string section enhancing the gentle, Nick Drake-like melody. 'Everybody's Stalking' takes a darker turn, while 'Stone On The Water''s acoustic guitar riff sounds lifted straight off Led Zeppelin III. The title track is a nice instrumental, while 'Magic In The Air' is so Stephen Merrit-like in its pop deftness that you swear you've heard the song before, it sounds that comfortably familiar.
Bewilderbeast's best songs are its three singles. 'Another Pearl' sports a slinky piano melody over an irresistable three-chord riff while Gough sings some of the more inexplicably pretentious lyrics you'll hear this year ("Follow the circle sur le plage/On a mono-coloured trip voyage").
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Style, Great Music. January 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There is a certain charm about Badly Drawn Boy's music that makes this album so enjoyable. It's hard to even pinpoint what that is, but you'll notice it very quickly upon listening to Damon Gough's "The Hour of Bewilderbeast."
Picture a more modern Nick Drake with a sense of humor. The first track called "The Shining" is a prime example of this. The folk feel is present from the beginning. It's very good I might add. The second song picks up the pace a bit. It's a perfect pop song that is sure to make you feel really good inside. Heck, most of the songs on this album will make you feel good inside. Again, they all have a certain charm that just makes you want to listen more.
"Camping Next To Water" to me signifies exactly what the album is about. It has everything. Not to mention, it's one of my favorite songs on the album. "Body Rap" gives us a bit of funky hip-hop folk. It's only 45 seconds and is a great piece of music to break the album in half. Next comes the first single off the album. "Once Around the Block" is probably the most fluid song on the album. It also happens to be one of the catchiest songs here. The video is great. It's about two teenagers who go on a date and end up getting stuck together at the braces when they finally decide to kiss for the first time.
One of my other favorite songs on the album is the song called "Pissing in the Wind." Although it has funny lyrics, it really has the most beautiful music. It has a very hard underlying country feel. It's very reminiscent of early Bob Dylan with the ever-popular harmonica. It's the type of song you would want to put in your car stereo and drive down a dirt road to. Gough pulls it off perfectly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I love listening to this album... Such a unique sound. They are creative and are excellent at not just songwriting, but composing as well. Not always easy to find.
Published 13 months ago by Liz
3.0 out of 5 stars good cd
Was after certain songs on this CD. It was a great price, and worth the risk to see if all songs were good. I like it but really like the songs I wanted.
Published 18 months ago by Gregory G. Wyndham
5.0 out of 5 stars Once I was... idiot. I remember cursing that this record won the Mercury Prize...I was so wrong. A wonderful record by a wonderful artist.
Published 22 months ago by Hitch22
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance, it will grow on you
This album is amazing. I am completely new to Badly Drawn Boy and decided to try to get into the music starting at the beginning. Read more
Published on December 1, 2010 by Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
A bit like his other stuff, but that is a good thing. He doesn't recored top 40 type songs but that is also good.
Published on October 4, 2010 by Glaswegian
3.0 out of 5 stars Beast actually only has about 35 minutes
3 1/2

Ambitiously comfy slab of agreeable folk-adelia and glistening pop-rock which can bare no shame does have a sketchy third quarter (well pretty much, a stronger... Read more
Published on March 6, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars One of BDB's best
This is one of BDB's best works. Many songs remind me of the Beatles.

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Published on March 20, 2008 by Matthew D. Zarnstorff
5.0 out of 5 stars Badly Drawn Boy... simply the best...
The way he uses all kind of instruments and his lyrics are amazing... few have the genius this guy has.
Published on March 14, 2006 by Sergio Enrique Jáuregui Villanueva
5.0 out of 5 stars I hated this at first, but it grows on you - this is unique and fun...
Anyone who's into indie pop probably has heard the name Badly Drawn Boy before (this album won best album of the year over Massive Attack's "Mezzanine" in the 1999 British music... Read more
Published on December 31, 2005 by C. Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Well, Badly Drawn Boy does it again. What a nice album, with so entertaining melodies. This is the kind of music you want to listen while traveling through a beautiful landscape. Read more
Published on November 3, 2005 by Javier A. Rangel
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