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Badly Drawn Boy: Brixton Academy, London

Pete Paphides, The Times, 14 December 2002

ON HIS arrival in 1997, Badly Drawn Boy was feted as a Beck-style musical polymath, but was then embraced as a traditional singer-songwriter. Lately though, the 32-year-old Damon Gough has made it easier for us. This year, he followed the Mercury Award-winning The Hour of Bewilderbeast with two releases — the soundtrack to Nick Hornby's About a Boy and a freshly minted "proper" album Have You Fed The Fish? Both of them suggested a fancy for sentimental AOR that not even the frequent deployment of Pete Townshend power chords could truly obscure. 

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