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Product Description

What's a budding musical genius to do in the pent-up lull between albums? Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (nee Damon Gough), in his spare time between heralded debut THE HOUR OF BEWILDERBEEST, and a follow-up to be released later in 2002, approached the filmmakers adapting Nick Hornby's acclaimed novel ABOUT A BOY about the soundtrack for the film starring Hugh Grant. There's no question to the logic of the combination as Gough's sublimely literate, disaffected yet still charmingly breezy pop music fits the story of life's apparent losers at two stages of life, one an apathetic womanizer approaching his 40s, the other a bullied misfit boy passing into his teens, between whom an unlikely friendship ensues. A folky singer/songwriter scoring songs to help set the tone of a movie about unlikely friendship could stir up memories of Cat Stevens's unreleased soundtrack for "Harold & Maude," a fair enough assessment. In a similar fashion (but in its own way), Badly Drawn Boy's take on ABOUT A BOY weaves a mournful, yet upbeat tapestry drawing from its source material while managing to enrich the story itself. There are even some pop megahit hooks such as in the rolling "Silent Sigh" and in the head-bobbing, ostensible theme song "Something To Talk About."

Review

"...A mix of songs and themes balancing obsessive craft with flippant style..." -- Entertainment Weekly - Rating: B+

"...A solid set of songs..." -- Alternative Press - 8 out of 10

"...Lush real strings and the familiar one-take roughness....milkman-friendly classics all..." -- Mojo

"...Original and gladdening music..." Included in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best Albums of 2002." -- Q Magazine - 4 out of 5 stars

"...The CD is split between completely songs and fleeting instrumentals, all of it laced with that big-screen vibe..." -- CMJ

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. Rachels Flat
  12. Walking Out Of Stride
  13. Five Me Away
  14. A Minor Incident
  15. Delta (Little Boy Blues)
  16. Donna And Butzon


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 9, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: May 17, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Unknown
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • ASIN: B000062Y44
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Badly Drawn boy tackled a different kind of project in this album -- the soundtrack for the amusing movie adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel, "About A Boy." His blend of melodic folk-pop and all-too-brief instrumentals are just like the novel -- bright, breezy and subtle. What's even better? "About A Boy Soundtrack" is just as good when separated from the film.

It opens with a sunny piano melody, just a cute little ditty that doesn't last half a minute. Then it shifts into the mellow, sharp keyboard pop of "A Peak You Reach," before blossoming into a blend of poppy folk (the soothing "Something To Talk About" and fun "River Sea Ocean") and folky pop (the slightly eerie "Silent Sigh and bouncy "File Me Away").

Sprinkled through these are instrumental interludes, some less than a minute long. But despite their brevity, these little instrumentals manage to feel well-rounded and full. One a particular highlight is "Delta (Little Boy Blues)," an enchanting pop tune augmented by horns and what sounds like an organ.

No wonder Nick Hornby wanted Badly Drawn Boy (real name: Damon Gough) for the soundtrack to "About a Boy." While there are occasional lapses -- "S.P.A.T" is a fragmented electronic mess -- the mellow, autumnal sound of this soundtrack is just entrancing. Yes, the Hugh Grant movie about a Peter-Pannish thirtysomething was good -- but the music alone is a prize.

Gough is to be commended for having his songs "flow" into one another -- it feels a bit like a sprawling, many-toned song that has been carefully divided into bits and pieces, then stitched back together. It doesn't have the experimental feel of his non-soundtrack albums, but the delicate piano, guitar, strings, harmonica and blazing brass blend into a smooth, mellow sound.
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BDB is incredible. He shows his talent and versatility in this album, which is SO much more than your typical soundtrack. If you've seen the movie, you will realize how much his songs reflect the mood and plot. However, even if you haven't, it stands alone as a wonderful album. Kudos to one of the ONLY original artists on the music scene today!
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This is the fourth BDB album I've bought and it's simply an amazingly brillant piece of musicianship. I've listened to this album a ridiculous amount of times and I never cease to enjoy every song on here. BDB finds a perfect balance mixing quirky instrumental tracks with an equal number of wonderful vocal pieces, creating an album rarely surpassed by musicians today. With enticing lyrics and catchy tunes, the soundtrack to "About a Boy" will please its buyers and delight any who take a moment to listen to BDB work his magic.
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A great soundtrack for the "About A Boy" movie. This eclectic, energetic, wistful music conjurs up a range of emotions depicted in the movie. My wife loves the CD too. Very original.
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I've been looking for the soundtrack everywhere. It's one of the most original, uplifting, "gladdening" -as the original review copy reads - soundtracks out there. Love it!
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Like most of you who are reading this review, this wasn't my first BDB purchase -- that would go to Hour of Bewilderbeast. In fact, this was my 3rd BDB album purchase.

This album is amazing. Just different enough from his non-soundtrack albums to be interesting yet containing all of the things you love about him. On first listen, you may think the musical interludes are filler -- you'd be wrong, though. On subsequent listens, this album reveals itself as the perfect creation it is. I'd liken it to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On in the sense that all the songs have a very similar feel, and musical interludes have some melodies repeated throughout the album.

So buy this, jump in the car on a rainy, autumn day and prepare to be completely astounded by how good these melodies and songs are.
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`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 why he was chosen for this project and offers more of his acoustic, quirky, but strangely joyful music.

This has fully formed tracks, as well as brief orchestral interludes that score certain parts of the film, but to be honest it sits very well together as a complete album and is credible in it's own right. I adore `Silent Sigh' which is probably one of the more moving tracks Gough has ever written. That piano intro gets me going every time and by the time the lyrics kicks in I am gone. Perfection.

If you enjoyed the music in the film then definitely give this a go, but if you haven't even seen the film and just like Badly Drawn Boy's music, then don't hesitate as this is as good as previous work (and work to come) and I heartily recommend it.

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By D. Jester on February 1, 2011
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The songs and music here were written by Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough), and while a couple of tracks are outstanding, a lot of it turns out to only be good as background music. To be fair, of course, that is what it was intended for, but I thought it would be more of a "listen to" than it has turned out to be. You find yourself wanting to forward to the good songs, or to program just to play a couple. One outstanding track is "A Minor Incident", But I think I would consider downloading that as an MP3 in lieu of buying the CD.
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