About a Boy Soundtrack
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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.
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.
I highly recommend it.
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I should have looked at the actual song list before I ordered it. It isn't very good at all, wish I had my money back.Published 13 months ago by Judith Johnson
`About a Boy' is Badly Drawn Boy's second album and is the soundtrack to the film of the same name. This has a very similar feel to `The Hour of Bewilderbeast', which is probably... Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Spider Monkey
Great album. Unfortuantely it appears to be copy protected and unable to play on computer systems.Published on March 27, 2005 by bookreader
This is one of the best motion picture soundtracks out there right now- right along with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack. Read morePublished on February 5, 2005 by Lisa
Badly Drawn Boy's gift is that he writes songs that end up stuck in your memory without you even realising it. Read morePublished on June 14, 2004 by William Whyte
this was my 1st bdb cd, and i have had it for awhile now but i choose to write a review now, my about a boy cd is currently in bad condition and iam gonna get a new copy right... Read morePublished on February 13, 2004 by C. Kim
This album to me, is utterly amazing. Badly Drawn Boy is wonderful, and his songs (like my favourite "A Minor Incident") take the listener to not only a place in the... Read morePublished on December 29, 2003
I became familiar with Badly Drawn Boy through the Hugh Grant movie "About a Boy." I really appreciated the movie because it had a unique point of view of two "teenagers", one an... Read morePublished on September 22, 2003 by Narut Ujnat