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About a Boy
Badly Drawn Boy
About a Boy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
 
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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 instrumen...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Badly Drawn Boy
Title: About a Boy
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Reincarnate Music
Release Date: 4/23/2002
Album Type: Soundtrack
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 801190101924

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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

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I love NYE
jason brookes | san francisco, CA USA | 06/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
BDB amazes me
C. Kim | nyc | 02/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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 away, this cd is just a masterpeice and damon gough is a genius, from all three albums that i own i cannot figure out which one is the best they are all so great,i would reccomend all his albums to any real music lovers , i can only hope for more from him , iam sure it will only get better from here, IF U THINK THIS ALBUM SUCKS , THEN GO LISTEN TO YOUR STUPID LINKIN PARK AND WATCH YOUR PRECIOUS MTV"
Lovely
William Whyte | Somerville, MA | 06/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Badly Drawn Boy's gift is that he writes songs that end up stuck in your memory without you even realising it. Six months after listening to this album, I woke up with "River, Sea, Ocean" going round in my head and had to spend two days tracking it down. "Delta (Little Boy Blues)" was used as repeating incidental music on NPR recently and every time I heard it I went "I'm *sure* I know that song", and here it is too. You leave this album singing some songs, you leave it remembering all of them. His unique mixture of shyness and brashness is the perfect match for Hugh Grant and the movie. And he has Andy Rourke from the Smiths in his live band!"