Badly Drawn Boy The Hour Of Bewilderbeast


Availability In Stock Released 25 Sep. 2012
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Track # Track Name
1. The Shining
2. Everybody's Stalking
3. Bewilderbeast 1
4. Fall In A River
5. Camping Next To Water
6. Stone On The Water
7. Another Pearl
8. Body Rap
9. Once Around The Block
10. This Song
11. Bewilderbeast 2
12. Magic In The Air
13. Cause A Rockslide
14. Pissing In The Wind
15. Blistered Heart
16. Disillusion
17. Say It Again
18. Epitaph

The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

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Available for the first time on vinyl.

What has the field of lo-fi slacker pop come to when faced by an LP as ambitious and entertaining as Badly Drawn Boy’s The Hour of Bewilderbeast?
Despite all attempts to sabotage his songwriting and production with innumerable experimental tidbits, songs within a song, and (seemingly) tossed-off arrangements, Damon Gough has to face the fact that he wrote and produced over a dozen ex- cellent songs of baroque folk-pop for his album debut, and the many gems can’t help but shine through all the self-indulgence.
The sprightly orchestration for cello and trumpet (Gough’s own) that begin the album are eventually taken over by the sparse guitar pickings and wistful folky sunshine of “The Shining,” which veers into the skewed slide guitar and ominous tone of “Everybody’s Stalking.” Gough rarely pauses for breath (even when he’s doing a ballad) or follows any traditional sense of album flow, but after a listen or two, The Hour of Bewilderbeast is revealed as a shambling masterpiece of a pop album.
Most of these songs are Gough’s entirely (he plays as many as eight instruments), with occasional help from friends like Twist- ed Nerve co-labelhead Andy Votel and assorted drummers for accompaniment. His songwriting is great, but Gough’s twisted sense of humor helps the album shine as well, as on “Fall in a River,” where the down-a-lazy-river feel carries through to the point where not just Gough but the entire production is sub- merged with a splash and attendant warping of the sound.
The Hour of Bewilderbeast surely isn’t a traditional pop album, but a continually beguiling trip through lo-fi postmodern folk that draws as much from Harry Nilsson as Beck.

1. "The Shining" 5:18
2. "Everybody's Stalking" 3:39
3. "Bewilder" 0:48
4. "Fall in a River" 2:17
5. "Camping Next to Water" 3:50
6. "Stone on the Water" 3:58
7. "Another Pearl" 4:27
8. "Body Rap" 0:45
9. "Once Around the Block" 3:44
10. "This Song" 1:32
11. "Bewilderbeast" 3:30
12. "Magic in the Air" 3:43
13. "Cause a Rockslide" 5:55
14. "Pissing in the Wind" 4:19
15. "Blistered Heart" 1:50
16. "Disillusion" 5:19
17. "Say It Again" 4:41
18. "Epitaph" 3:50