BADLY DRAWN BOY

About a Boy OST

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What's a budding musical genius to do in the pent-up lull between albums? Mercury Prize-winning singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (nee Damon Gough), in his spare time between heralded debut The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, and a follow-up to be released later in 2002, approached the filmmakers adapting Nick Hornby's acclaimed novel About a Boy about the soundtrack for the film starring Hugh Grant. There's no question to the logic of the combination as Gough's sublimely literate, disaffected yet still charmingly breezy pop music fits the story of life's apparent losers at two stages of life, one an apathetic womanizer approaching his 40s, the other a bullied misfit boy passing into his teens, between whom an unlikely friendship ensues. A folky singer/songwriter scoring songs to help set the tone of a movie about unlikely friendship could stir up memories of Cat Stevens's unreleased soundtrack for "Harold & Maude," a fair enough assessment. In a similar fashion (but in its own way), Badly Drawn Boy's take on About a Boy weaves a mournful, yet upbeat tapestry drawing from its source material while managing to enrich the story itself. There are even some pop megahit hooks such as in the rolling Silent Sigh and in the head-bobbing, ostensible theme song Something To Talk About.

Review

"...A mix of songs and themes balancing obsessive craft with flippant style..." -- Entertainment Weekly - Rating: B+

"...A solid set of songs..." -- Alternative Press - 8 out of 10

"...Lush real strings and the familiar one-take roughness....milkman-friendly classics all..." -- Mojo

"...Original and gladdening music..." Included in Q Magazine's "The 50 Best Albums of 2002." -- Q Magazine - 4 out of 5 stars

"...The CD is split between completely songs and fleeting instrumentals, all of it laced with that big-screen vibe..." -- CMJ

Tracklist

Side 1

  1. Banana Skin Shoes
  2. Is This a Dream?
  3. I Just Wanna Wish You Happiness
  4. I'm Not Sure What It Is
  5. Tony Wilson Said
  6. You and Me Against the World
  7. I Need Someone to Trust

Side 2

  1. Note to Self
  2. Colours
  3. Funny Time of Year
  4. Fly on the Wall
  5. Never Change
  6. Appletree Boulevard
  7. I'll Do My Best