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It's What I'm Thinking Part 1: Photographing Snowflakes [CD]

Badly Drawn Boy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: One Last Fruit
  • ASIN: B003XKMS36
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. You Lied 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. This Beautiful Idea 4:410.79  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

It’s bizarre to think, now, that Badly Drawn Boy was once considered rebellious. He was the anti-image folk provocateur who made an hour-long debut of esoteric and adventurous noise in 2000, The Hour of Bewilderbeast. A decade on, usurped by more imaginative strumbling upstarts such as Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens and Jamie T, he’s the epitome of new folk conformity: the Richard Curtis of the acoustic guitar and laptop. It’s virtually impossible to think of him without picturing Hugh Grant failing to relate to a pre-teen.

This seventh studio album – you mean you failed to notice the last five as well? – will do little to reverse his reputation for the anodyne. Drum machines crunch inoffensively, cheap beats are employed, and if the strings on Too Many Miracles aren’t actually synthesised, great lengths have been taken to ensure they sound like it. Where once Damon Gough seemed to be pushing folk music into colourful new sonic spheres, here he retreats into lo-fi security and recalls little so much as Stephen Duffy’s lush 80s acoustic combo The Lilac Time. His vocal timbre is similarly feather-light and dreamy, his lyrics appropriately vacuous: "I’m tired of dreaming of what tomorrow brings" he croons on What Tomorrow Brings, while in The Order of Things he complains "Birds in the sky steal my melodies". Yeah, and how high is that sky, eh Damon? My oh my…

The Lilac Time, however, boasted deeply affecting melodies that unravelled gradually, rewarding repeated listening immeasurably. It’s What I’m Thinking Pt 1 boasts a few such moments. The aforementioned Too Many Miracles is a soulful strut that, with its Motown throwbacks, might be a stab at the Plan B/Winehouse dollar, while A Pure Accident is sublime shoegaze folk that effortlessly surpasses much of Gough’s more recent material. Sadly, much of the rest conforms to a malaise that’s afflicted him since 2002’s Have You Fed the Fish?: repetitive tracks consisting of one looping half-melody that outstays its welcome by several months. The title-track here is a prime example: six and a half minutes that aims for White Album languor and hits the drearier end of Red House Painters.

That this is only part one of an undefined album cycle suggests further self-indulgence to stretch our patience is in the pipeline. On the evidence of this record’s title-track, one half expects BDB to put out exactly the same album again twice more, but with different lyrics. Not that you’d really notice. --Mark Beaumont

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1. In Safe Hands
2. The Order Of Things
3. Too Many Miracles
4. What Tomorrow Brings
5. I Saw You Walk Away
6. It's What I'm Thinking
7. You Lied
8. A Pure Accident
9. This Electric
10. This Beautiful Idea

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Badly Drawn Boy - A return to form? 8 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
3.5 stars

Damon Gough's lauded to the hilt 2000 debut "The Hour of the Bewilderbeast" accumulated so much critical praise (including the proverbial kiss of death namely the Mercury Prize) that everything else he has produced seems to have to been crushed by the weight of it. True, the soundtrack to "About a boy" kept up the outer veneer of Gough as a hot property but sadly his albums since have largely disappeared from view and amazingly in "It's What I'm Thinking Part One: Photographing Snowflakes" he has clocked up his seventh album release. It is also the start of a planned trilogy and thus while no one can criticize Gough's prolificness the key question surrounds the quality of the songs.

Let us get the second part of this disc out of the way first namely "It's What He's Thinking (Oxidising Hexagons Silver Iodide - Album Re-Dux / Sound Collage" by Andy Votel. If you have 19 minutes to spare you will either love or hate this track and frankly it did nothing for your reviewer than suggest an over indulgent producer with too much time on his hands and an inability to say "no". Thus do not start here since the first disc does contain at least three absolute corkers and a fair number of growers. In the former category is "Too many miracles" a roaring joy of a track with almost Motown underpinnings and a lovely vocal by Gough. "I'm ready to be in love again" he happily announces and if as a result songs like this are the product let us hope that he finds his hearts desire ASAP. The albums closer "This beautiful idea" is vintage Gough and could have happily sat on "Bewilderbeast" with its smart Elliot Smith like references and classic pop structure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damon's sublime new album 17 Oct 2010
By Johno
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Daman Gough has released a stunning 'wall of sound' album that easily matches, and with some of the songs (Too Many Miracles and You Lied to name but two), surpasses his previous works. His voice is just an element, equally as important as chord structures and melody lines, though given no undue prominence, in this carefully constructed and brilliantly produced aural experience which, since purchase, I've played perhaps more often than is good for me. But it's really that good. Simply put: sublime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic 10 April 2011
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I saw BDB before Christmas when he was touring this album at RNCM in Manchester and it was one of all time favourite gigs - why he is not selling loads of albums is a mystery to me (and him i am sure)when you look at some of the dross in the charts. Great album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 24 Feb 2014
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Another consistent and layered album by Badly Drawn Boy. There is a real sense of maturity in his song-writing. Many of the songs having great depth and an eeryness to them which I thoroughly enjoyed listening to!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not dissapointed 6 Dec 2012
By Mark
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Very warm, enjoyable sound. I believe his style is developing and maturing, with this confidence clearly on display with this album.
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