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Born In The UK

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3740472

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    Easily the finest Badly Drawn Boy album since 2002's ABOUT A BOY soundtrack, BORN IN THE U.K. finds the British alternative-pop artist (a.k.a. Damon Gough) playing to his strengths after a period of creative stagnation. While the title track (a nod to Gough's musical hero, Bruce Springsteen) is energetic and assured as it careens over a Beatlesque drum line, "Nothing's Going to Change Your Mind" is a lush, plaintive ballad that reinforces earlier comparisons to Harry Nilsson.
    Although BORN IN THE U.K. doesn't feature the overt eclecticism of Gough's lauded debut, THE HOUR OF BEWILDERBEAST, it benefits not only from Gough's renewed focus on crafting compelling pop songs, but from a new creative foil, Lemon Jelly's Nick Franglen, who helped to flesh out the album's arrangements. Although the record will readily appeal to Badly Drawn Boy diehards, it should also win over some lapsed fans, and garner some new admirers as well.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.126) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]rafted with care and talent....BORN IN THE U.K. has some lovely idiosyncratic moments..."
    Q (p.136) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he sweeping piano-led melodies, Gough's powerful belief in family and his warm croon transform regret into hard-won optimism....A hugely moving affirmation of life."
    Alternative Press (p.188) - "Tracks like 'Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind' and 'One Last Dance' are fun reminders that Gough's whimsical pop chops are still in working order..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "This is a collection of melodic, quality pop songs that lean to the grown-up side of things, with a reflective singer given to nostalgia and the kind of unease felt when 99 per cent of everything seems all right."
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