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About a Boy Soundtrack

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Badly Drawn Boy ~ About A Boy

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Reincarnate Music
  • ASIN: B0000640NN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By christa on June 5, 2004
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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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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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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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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First off let's all understand that this album is both the newest Badly Drawn Boy album AND the About A Boy soundtrack. Often you can find it in both slots at your local music store, and it certainly has been marketed as such. Musically, it serves both purposes, and deserves note as a very serviceable entry in both categories.
That out of the way, it shines as both...
For the About A Boy soundtrack slot it is a very delicate and sound entry that has far more personal depth and singular talent than most soundtracks ever muster. It very much exemplifies the sharpness of the Nick Hornby novel and the modern awareness of the movie, but without coming across as a pretentious partner (more like an observant friend).
As the new Badly Drawn Boy (best listened to without the case anywhere nearby as to not incite a reminder that this has anything to do with a film) it is a very worthwhile follow-up and incredibly well-played LP. It honestly does not sound like a soundtrack, especially given BDB's existing pension for odd song framings anyway. The songs, if they hold any fault as the new BDB, are a bit more alike than some may prefer, but I feel as if they provide a very sweet backbone to what could easily be heard as a concept album exploring a particular theme or style.
Enjoy, it's a nice gem from Badly Drawn Boy. Oh, and read the book if you get a chance, you'll see why BDB would support such an effort...
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The songs and incidental music by Badly Drawn Boy are the perfect accompaniment for this film. Rock, pop, folk and alternative sounds, not to mention the songs' lyrics, intertwine to reflect the film's humor, poignancy, and charm. It's a wonderful and enjoyable soundtrack with cool grooves/riffs/rhythms in the mix. After seeing the film, I immediately went out to get this. Just listen, this is something you'll want to add to your collection.
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