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Badly Drawn Boy:: Born in the U.K. (Album Review)

By his own admission, Damon Gough’s last LP was “a bit of a disaster”. Having coasted from accolade to accolade since his debut in 2000, he was suddenly staring public indifference to his decidedly mediocre One Plus One Is One in the face. Small wonder he experienced a wobble with Born In The UK; Gough scrapped the 20 songs he’d written and started afresh. This may not measure up to The Hour Of Bewilderbeast, but it does boast a batch of sweet and deceptively unfussy, scruffily heartfelt tunes dealing with love, loss and the messiness of life that help redeem his unarguable songwriting talent.
(Sharon O’Connell)