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Badly Drawn Boy: The Hour of Bewilderbeast (XL/Twisted Nerve)

Barney Hoskyns, Spin, Summer 2000

ENGLAND’S SEARCH for post-Britpop heroes goes on. Following the Oasis implosion, everyone’s looking to the bedsit mavericks to save the day: Summer 2000 saw indie Britain wetting its knickers over 30-year-old Mancunian Damon Gough, self-styled Badly Drawn Boy. Believe the hype and the Boy’s first long-player is another Pet Sounds, another Pink Moon.

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