August 25, 2002 |
Damon Gough, a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, did pretty well with the critics on both sides of the Atlantic with his 2000 debut album, "The Hour of Bewilderbeast." The earthy, homemade-sounding collection won the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Music Prize and finished 18th in the Village Voice poll of U.S. music journalists. This year, the Englishman's songs-and-score soundtrack for the movie "About a Boy" also earned him much acclaim.
December 29, 2002
Regarding Robert Hilburn's prognostications for the future ("Rock's Bright New Day," Dec. 22), what ever happened to Badly Drawn Boy? Damon Gough delivered not one but two great albums in 2002. The first, "About A Boy," was a bold step for the relatively unknown British songwriter (my choice for movie soundtrack of the year). The second, "Have You Fed The Fish?," is a thoughtful, personal, melodic and intelligent statement. How many others on Hilburn's list can lay claim to that quality output?
April 25, 2002
* Badly Drawn Boy, "About a Boy," soundtrack, ARTISTdirect Records/XL Recordings. Englishman Damon Gough recaptures the understated charm and gentle insights of his debut album in these nine songs and assorted instrumental passages.
June 3, 2002 |
With his wool skull cap, scraggly beard and black T-shirt bedecked with glitter graffiti, English singer-songwriter Damon Gough, a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, could have been mistaken for any number of hipster patrons at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on Friday. But, in fact, he was the poser being watched, as part of the record store's terrific free concert series. The acclaimed singer, whose current album is the charming soundtrack to the film "About a Boy," was beguiling, if a little unrehearsed.
September 29, 2000 |
The lines sketched by Badly Drawn Boy are indeed rough on this debut album (due in stores Tuesday), which recently won Britain's prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Winsomely charming yet deeply affecting, it's sophisticated techno-age folk but with a homemade, low-tech feel. There's lovely chamber-pop ("The Shining"), singer-songwriter fare ("This Song" is Simon & Garfunkel beamed from the moon) and even funk-pop accents("Disillusion").
December 15, 2010
POP MUSIC Badly Drawn Boy Damon Gough's popular indie folk band makes an appearance at the Troubadour with openers Justin Jones & the Driving Rain. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Wed. and Thurs. $30. (310) 276-6168; http://www.troubadour.com X Iconic L.A punk rockers X bring their signature sharp chords, woozy harmonies and jagged lyricism about the underbelly of L.A. life and love to the House of Blues for a KROQ-hosted Xmas show.