Badly Drawn Boy

Rating: NN Before starting work on this album, Badly Drawn Boy, aka.

Rating: NN

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Before starting work on this album, Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough, spent five weeks solid recording 20 songs with producer Stephen Street, only to scrap it and start over from scratch with Nick Franglen of sample-dabblers Lemon Jelly. Six months and a major label deal later, they had the sprawling Born In The U.K., inspired equally by Springsteen, Bacharach and an indie star’s insecurities about mainstream success. He’s ditched the guitar and decided to go whole hog into sensitively crooned piano balladry based around his gooey reflections on heart and home in hopes of getting some adult contemporary radio play. It might work for him, but most of this over-egged sissy-boy schlock would make James Blunt wince. Maybe he just released the wrong album.

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