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"He's the Chorlton-cum-Springsteen anti-superstar" - Paul Morley

Has it really been a decade?
It feels a lot longer.
It feels like yesterday.
It was June 2000 when the Mercury-winning, seminal The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, announced the arrival of the badly drawn genius of Damon Gough. It's been a curious, wonderful, inimitable, unpredictable decade of major ... Read more in Amazon's Badly Drawn Boy Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000H4W2IM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro/Swimming Pool Part 1
2. Born In The UK
3. Degrees Of Separation
4. Welcome To The Overground
5. Journey From A To B
6. Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind
7. Promises
8. The Way Things Used To Be
9. Without A Kiss
10. The Long Way Round
11. Walk You Home
12. The Time Of Times
13. One Last Dance

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A doff of the woolly hat to his beloved Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA, Damon Gough's fifth album as Badly Drawn Boy, finds him musing on modern life, national heritage, and finding the space to crack wise a little along the way. Gough's approach to the knotty subject of patriotism is not quite as chest-beating as Springsteen's, but in truth it's just as conflicted. Take the title track; it mentions the hosepipe ban, Sid Vicious and the Falklands conflict, yet far from being a straight-up nostalgia tract, still confronts the troublesome contradictions of the British patriot: "We made something out of nothing/A sense of loathing and belonging". Perhaps it's true to say that Born In The UK finds the Badly Drawn one looking behind rather than in front: the country-tinged "The Way Things Used To Be" even strikes a wry note of self-mockery amid the rather traditional songwriting within. But if time has blunted Badly Drawn Boy's impulse to challenge his audience, there's a genuine warmth and optimism to songs like "Welcome to the Overground" that mark Gough out as a rare author who can pull off sentimentality without sounding forced or trite. --Louis Pattison

BBC Review

In the summer of 2005, Damon Gough had a bit of a crisis. Despite having penned a score of new songs for his fifth LP with Stephen Street, a producer many musicians would give their left arm to work with, his heart just wasn't in it. So the man in the hat ripped it all up and started again.

Clearly, Badly Drawn Boy is a man ruled by his heart, and he'll follow wherever it may lead. Eventually, it led him back home, to the things that he loves - his wife, his kids, and his roots. Hence the focus of Born In The U.K. and its Springsteen-esque title track, on which BDB pays homage to the best of Blighty ('Life On Mars', the Sex Pistols, Margaret Thatcher). But the influence of The Boss runs deeper here than just the titular pun. 'If we still don't have a plan,' Gough sings on album closer 'One Last Dance', 'we'll just listen to 'Thunder Road''.

Clearly, the Boy's been listening hard. Springsteen's confident songsmithery resonates throughout, making this Gough's most contented and least introspective album since his Mercury-winning debut. In fact, only on the overblown romp 'Welcome To The Overground' does he put a foot wrong.

'Time Of Times', on the other hand, is a real pleasure. Tipping its hat gently at fan favourite, 'The Shining', it encapsulates in three charming minutes everything that Brits have come to love about the bearded one. Long may he reign. --Richard Banks

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. A. D. Plowman VINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
Here we have album number 5 from the "wooly-hatted one". In true Damon Gough style, it has a playful, punning title ("Born in the UK" - a nod to his idol, Springsteen.) In true Damon Gough style, the music here is beautiful, exhilirating, uplifting and GODDAMN LIFE AFFIRMING! I hate to be so predictable, and bestow it with 5 stars, but...WHAT THE HELL?! This music is making me happy. 5 STARS it is. Let me guide you through, track by track:-

1.Swimming Pool. - Some spoken word philosophising from Damon. Would probably sound lame coming from other artists, but from Mr Gough, this outspoken love for his family sounds earnest and real. A powerful start to the album.

2.Born In the UK. - Vintage BDB. Impossibly catchy and energetic. Power chords on the piano and a Joy Division-style rolling beat. A very infectious vocal line. Be prepared to fall in love with this tune!

3.Degrees of Separation. - Piano-driven kitchen sink pop. Beautiful.

4.Welcome to the Overground. - Sounds like something from a 1970s musical!(Godspell, possibly?) This brings the album to a whole new level. Operatic backing vocals, a triumphant melody, gigantic piano stabs. The energy here is tangible.

5.Journey from A to B. - Very remeniscent of New Order's "Run". This contains a very captivating one-finger piano hook.

6.Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind. - This one you know. A melodramatic masterpiece!

7.Promises. - Introspective and melancholy. Builds and builds, then the beat kicks in and this tune spreads its considerable wings! Superb.

8. The Way Things Used to Be. - Good use of slide guitar.

9. Without a Kiss. - Classical-style arpeggiated piano. Another introspective beaut.

10.The Long Way Round. - My personal favourite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfalfa on 9 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
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.
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By Adam Smith on 4 April 2010
Format: MP3 Download
This isn't a bad album by any means, but nor is it a great one. Track after track of familiar, safe pop melodies. This isn't another hour of bewilderbeast and as such any serious BDB fans will feel a little bit disappointed. As we have done with every album since the debut. Don't write it off though, its easy to listen to and has a feel good factor to it. It just isn't going to be played on repeat for numerous day running.
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By Mc W on 10 Aug 2013
Format: Audio CD
Ok, The Hour of Bewilderbeast gets loads of praise (rightly so too), but this is my favourite Badly Drawn Boy album. Bought it as soon as it came out in 2006, and always loved this- especially the title track, Journey from A to B, Promises and The way things used to be. But sll the tracks are great. Just invested in this limited edition with DVD too, and very glad I did. The cd's superb - as I knew - but the DVD is recommended too. Just a brilliant album, and I've had Journey from A to B in my head all day!
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By surfboy99 on 4 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It took me 7 years of having Hour of the Bewilder-beast to listen to it- I don't understand why either. Having heard it and loved it, it took no time at all to buy and listen to Born in the UK. I too am a Springsteen fan going back to 1977 - this is a much better album than Born in the USA, agreed both albums show the authors conflicted about the USA or UK but Damon shows a better vocabulary meaning the album runs better end to end and there are moments of triumph and majesty that I am not eloquent enough to describe. There are outstanding songs on this album but don't get hung up on that, do yourself a favour buy this and play it end to end and feel grateful that the UK can produce and nurture talent of Damon's standing.
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By neznadamncaz on 17 Feb 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A lovely packaged product. Great songs.Great visual footage. What more can any one ask for ?. Buy this item you will not be disappointed.
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