Have You Fed the Fish
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The overall mood of this thing is light and celebratory, but also sweet in many places towards that special someone. At certain times, it feels a bit unhinged, which is why I can only give it 4 stars. It comes across as slightly unfocused in some places, overly eccentric even, but maybe that's what we're going for here. (Hey, it worked for the White Album, I guess.) It reminds me a of the eclecticism on the Super Furry Animals' most recent release.
Also, I know BDB's real name is Damon Gough, but any relation to Robyn Hitchcock? If not, they are certainly related vocally.
Have You Fed the Fish sounds like Badly Drawn Boy's struggle to return to the experimental style of Hour of Bewilderbeast while still retaining the poppy sound of About a Boy. Quite frankly, this is exactly what went wrong with the album.
After an intriguing opening, the title track kicks in with something that rivals REO Speedwagon. Is this good? That's a matter of preference, I guess, but then again, I choose not to own any REO Speedwagon records. 40 Days and 40 Fights is like a Troma film- It's entertaining... sorta. The second to last track What Is It Now is possibly the blandest song to be on a BDB full length.
However, some of the album's highlights are simply incredible tracks. The two punch of I Was Wrong and You Were Right will be the first to catch anyone's ear, particularly with it's American Pie-ish lyrics which I won't reveal here. Centre Piece provides an instrumental that's too good to be passed off as filler. How?'s constant tempo change takes some getting used to, but it is worth it; and the closing track Bedside Story may possibly be the best last song on any LP period.
Personally, I really tried to find this to be a great album; the proper follow-up to Bewilderbeast. With each listening, I liked the good songs more and more, but hated the bad ones even greater. My final verdict was determined when, after listening to Fish, I popped in Hour of Bewilderbeast and realized that Fish just doesn't simply compare to the brilliance of Badly Drawn Boy's 2000 full length debut.
This album is absolutly fantastic. You probably will have heard the singles from this album like "Born Again" & "You Were Right". These songs reflect the general feel of the album.
People looking for a straight forward pop, indie or rock album probably won't be impressed. With badly drawn boy you buy the album expecting the unexpected. The slightly weird lyrics, collection of instruments and general aura of the songs is what makes this special. Afterall when you buy an album with the title "Have You Fed The Fish?" do you expect something ordinary?
Many of the songs on the album are happy and cheery in the badly drawn boy mellow way. In all the album is well put together and well worth a listen if your prepared to open your mind.
DON'T buy this album if your looking for straight forward pop, indie or rock.
DO buy this album if you are prepared to open your mind and enjoy this mans musical genius.
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I gave this a listen based on the other reviews here, many ascribing varying degrees of genuis to it. Read morePublished on December 15, 2008 by Silent river
Much weaker then his first release, HYFTF suffers from typical arrangement bloat (assimilated more smoothly with his superior soundtrack release of About a Boy... Read more
Seriously, I can't stop listening to "You Were Right" over and over.
It is one of the most moving songs I've ever heard. I'm 37 and there have been alot of nights.
I know many true BDB fans will find this offensive but if it wasn't for this album, I wouldn't be a BDB fan. In fact, their other efforts are barely tolerable. Read morePublished on February 3, 2006 by Danielle M. Carpenter
I love it when an artist is capable of having some fun with his career. Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) can be as serious as a heart attack, but he always sounds relaxed with... Read morePublished on November 4, 2005 by Thomas D. Ryan
We all know about the comparisions being made to BDB's debut CD, "The Hour of the Bewilderbeast". We just have to get used to the fact that nothing BDB puts out there will be... Read morePublished on August 1, 2005 by MusicLovr "Katie"
Badly Drawn Boy's second CD was fantastic. It's upbeat rythmes, catchy melodies, and orchestrations are addicting. Read morePublished on April 26, 2005 by sjm
Ok, I read a couple of bad reviews. Give me a break. Compared to all the worthless crap that is shoved down our throats today, this is musically sound, fun to listen to, and... Read morePublished on December 21, 2004 by Amy L. Brown
After his brilliant debut, "Hour of Bewilderbeast," Badly Drawn Boy (real name: Damon Gough) had a lot to live up to in his second (non-soundtrack) album. Read morePublished on November 9, 2004 by E. A Solinas