With his new album, One Plus One Is One
, Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough, has returned to the raw sound of his debut, the acclaimed Mercury Music Prize winning The Hour of the Bewilderbeast
. Produced by close friend Andy Votel, his latest offering has the more personal feel of a man returning to his roots, and it will carry you along on the journey with him.
In One Plus One Is One
, lovable, romantic, woolly-hat-clad eccentric Damon Gough has produced his best album since he beat Coldplay to Mercury Music Prize winning glory with his debut (The Hour of the Bewilderbeast
). With Badly Drawn Boy
shunning LA in favour of a Manchester studio and with Andy Votel back at the production helm One Plus One
is a wry, self-mocking and exquisitely personal album that finds Gough re-evaluating the sudden fame that found him working with Joan Collins, recording soundtracks and residing in California.
The opening title track sets the mood with Gough exhaustedly intoning "Back to being who I was before/ Open up your door/ Give me some peace/ Hold me now/ Everybody is waiting outside." Other highlights include the playfully clumsy rhythms of "Four Leaf Clover" and the epic and ingenious "Holy Grail", the latter coming complete with weaving flute, children's choir, pounding piano and lyrics able to break a heart at half a listen. Charming, dishevelled and unpretentious throughout, One Plus One Is One is a superb comeback that will warm the hearts and delight the ears of his loyal fan base. --Christopher Barrett