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The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

Badly Drawn Boy

2000

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The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

Rating

3.25

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3710

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I just don’t get it? I don’t know what people hear in this album that I don’t? What is on here that makes anyone swoon on about it like it was their first born? The music is not groundbreaking or genre defining. It’s neither a breakout sound or mesmerising enough to keep me on high alert for the start of each track. It’s the same indie sound that blends each song into the other due to the nondescript style of the music. I tried listening to the most played track, according to Deezer, over and over hoping to catch a peek of what the cool kids were revelling in...I didn’t even get a glimpse. 1 Star!

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5

I’m familiar with a little Badly Drawn Boy, but this is the first time hearing this album. Mostly gentle and pleasant - but never boring - with some darker undercurrents that occasionally bubble up to the surface. The songs have a way of being unique and quirky without crossing over into annoying. There’s a lot of cleverness in the arrangements and the lyrics. Some Highlights: “The Shining” features some great horns in the opening the turns to a really nice guitar song that builds the orchestra back by the finale. Really nice. “Camping Next To Water” seems to be about someone stranded in the woods alone living on fish. Really great song! “Once Around The Block” has a pleasant, quirky vibe - a fun listen. “Magic in the Air” was very a really nice love song that has just the right amount of sweetness. “Cause A Rockslide” is interesting with cool lyrics (“your sweetness would cause a rockslide”) and a trippy second half I enjoyed. “Pissing In The Wind” takes things in a country direction with fun lyrics and a shambly feel. It is probably my second favorite song on the album after… “Disillusion” is a groovy dance track with a great beat and rhythm section Great song - my favorite on the album. “Say It Again” has some more really clever lyrics. Great song that builds and builds as it goes - “dried up thoughts but my nose is runny.” Just when you think you have THE HOUR OF BEWILDERBEAST pinned down the album throws a curve ball into the music and/or lyrics. The surprises really work and never feel out of place (except maybe “This Song” on headphones). With each listen there’s something new to discover. Somehow Badly Drawn Boy weaves all these unique pieces together into a cohesive, enjoyable album.

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Well. That's just ... really boring, innit? Shame.

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5

What a record.

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5

I know about Badly Drawn Boy from the About a Boy soundtrack- which I listened to pretty religiously for a while after I found it in a used CD store :). I hadn't heard this album but I like it too.

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5

Enormous discovery, I love it very much!!!!

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Very unique, thoroughly enjoyed

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5

never heard of the band, but I loved the songs and music.

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5

Someone included Once Around the Block on a mixtape for me a while back but that's all I know of Badly Drawn Boy. I've always liked Once Around the Block because it's in 3 and sometimes you just need a waltz so I'm interested. First track is called The Shining and I'm nervous. Oh, a cello. How lovely. And a French horn? Go on... O! It's about the sun! And it's pretty! I love it. Next song is Everybody's Stalking (good Midnight Cowboy/Nilsson reference) and I'm dancing at the bus stop! (Can't really understand the lyrics but they might be creepy since it's about stalking.) I love this one, too! Also on my love list are Pissing in the Wind, Say it Again, Epitaph, the disco sound of Disillusion, and Stone on the Water (another waltz). The piano at the beginning of Magic in the Air reminded me of Hard Candy Christmas from Best Little Whorehouse... This Song is very strange. I listened to it twice on speakers and would have absolutely believed it was Simon & Garfunkel. But then I was relistening on headphones on my walk home and thought I might be having a stroke. There is some very very strange (and off-putting) stereo effect happening there. I almost fell over. There are a few tracks on this long album that didn't do much for me but overall I really liked this and will listen again.

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5

This one is a classic for me.

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5

great album, still sounds fresh.

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5

What an odd and lovely little album. There's so much great music, melody, instrumentation, and vocalization on this one. Lyrically intricate and poetic. Great mix of "chill" and energetic energy, dynamic in a way that's interesting and not jarring to listen to. Loved it.

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5

This is a hell of an album. I had forgotten just how good. The melodies come fast and furiously and with beauty a subtlety. The listener is required to wade through some studio trickery which almost but not quite distracts from the incredible songwriting. Allmusic.com references Harry Nilsson as his closest influence, frankly I don't here it; First of all Damon's voice is not like Nilsson's and I think of him more as an interpreter of other's material. I hear a lot of Beatles (think Sgt Pepper's) but what I really hear is Todd Rundgren, I think of THOTB as Something/Anything for the year 2000. A brilliant debut that does now and always will sound fresh. 5 🌟

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5

Very peaceful album that has an awesome flow.

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5

Once around the block is one of my favorite favorites. Never would’ve guessed the rest of his would be this good

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5

Banger

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5

Me and my mate used to drink in the same pub him in Chorlton. He’s reyt grumpy when you ask him to song you a song. Indie!

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5

LOVE this record.

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5

Stone on the Water is great, mostly instrumental. Say it Again also good. This Song got annoying with the reverb, but it was short so it was fine. As an indie hipster, this is the kind of album I wish I could say I had found. Truly incredible.

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5

Listened TWICE!

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5

Takes me back to the days when I was selling wine in Carringtons. Love this album

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5

What a great vibe. Top notch album.

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5

No esperaba ni tantito de este disco: entre el nombre de la banda, la cara del tipo, la portada… Y la sorpresa fue que me empezó a gustar desde los 6 segundos cuando empieza a sonar un corno francés. Se me hace un disco que está muy bien producido y mezclado y lleno de detallitos en los instrumentos que le dan mucha profundidad. Quizá la canción en la que juega como idiota con el balance de lados (This Song) en el estereo podría caer mal, pero incluso dentro de eso siento que tiene un buen detalle, considerando que es 1999. Por otro lado, la canción que es totalmente instrumental (Bewilderbeast) me pareció genial, con sonidos que tienen algo de psicodelia, algo de pop, algo de todo. Para mí, un gran descubrimiento (porque solo conocía una rola que salía en el soundtrack the About A Boy) y lamento que, según lo que leo, esto es lo único decente que llegó a lanzar.

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British, 00s, Indie rock + Interesting, Still new, Various, Smth alternative, Right folk = Male, Long play - THIS SONG {6/18}

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5

The lead in cello and French horn put me under its spell! I really enjoyed the melodies and will add this to my listening library at least for the short term. Not sure it is a forever-love yet.

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5

spooky, like REALLY chill trap music

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5

Superb stuff

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5

One of my favourite albums ever. Often derided as indie dirge, but it really does touch me!

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5

Awesome

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5

I remember this and the Andy Votel mix of Round the Block! On relistening, it’s awesome. Rich, layered, complex, beautiful. I’ll definitely listen to this again.

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5

Man, that was nice. What an excellent piece of collected tunes I've literally never heard before. I loved the instrumentation. And consider looking up the contributing artists list if you ever get bored. More folks took part in this album that Band-Aid.

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5

Good album, unique songs bring a good vibe and bring back memories

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5

Total nostalgia

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5

Great!)

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Very cool

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5

Gostosinho demais, nuh

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I am a fan of this one! Favorites: The Shining, Stone on the Water

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5

more like well drawn boy

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5

really pretty album, especially the nature songs.

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5

A bit disorienting times, but a really great listen. A bit of neutral milk hotel, a bit of nick drake, and a lot of fun!

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4

Pretty good. Will listen again. Fusion of a lot of genres folk-country, hip-hop, etc.

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4

Uma das melhores surpresas até agora. Mistura de Surfjan com Elliott Smith. Nada absurdamente original ou empolgante, mas muito agradável e interessante

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4

This Song literally tickles my ears when using headphones! Mostly pleasant album- some of it gets creepy.

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4

An often good, occasionally great cross section of where indie rock was coming from and going at the turn of the millennium, featuring one of the best songs ever, "Once Around The Block," right smack dab in the middle.

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4

Some great songs, some ok songs, but definitely gonna check out other albums

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4

Cool indie album. Fave songs: The Shining, Epitaph

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4

This is what Zach Braff dreams he sounds like.

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Dreamy magical fantasy PS Meant to rate Joy Division 3/5

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4

Nice and melodic

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Chill, nice, good

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4

Worth revisiting! This album was totally in line with stuff I listened to ten years later. I’m assuming this influenced everyone from Wilco to... umm all those indie peeps later.

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4

Solid would relisten probably a 4, tracks 1,2,5 pretty lit felt like it dropped off over time another pearl and magic in the air cool also

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i'll let Luke do the in depth review. This was alright.

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4

Relaxing, good for a Monday morning.

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Never heard of this band but really digging their album would listen to again. Sounds chill af, about it :)

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I really like this so far. It reminds me a little bit of Lior, who is one of my very favorite artists. So there were some songs I really liked and others not as much. I think in general I would look for more of this artist.

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Above my expectations

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Last song made it all worth it

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4

The Shining has hints of Neutral Milk Hotel. Everybody's Stalking has that seedy 90s discomfort. I was ready not to like this, but there's a bright acoustic melancholy here that's resonating with me on a Monday. I like the ebb and flow. The occasional instrumental track - Bewilderbeast and Blistered Heart reminded me of the Life Aquatic soundtrack. Not every track was a winner but this is the unexpected kind of discovery that drew me to this album project in the first place.

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4

Quite uneven but good overall

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bah

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4

really catchy, pleasing, indie music. Hard to guess when it was produced. Could have come out this year for all I know.

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4

I really liked this. Great background music for beer drinking. It was a mix of Wilco and Radiohead to me. I will be listening to this again.

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I like English singers that sound English.

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Zeitkapsel in eine auch ziemlich weirde Ära. Schön, das wieder zu entdecken, schön auch, sich mit 20 Jahren Abstand bisschen in die Umstände der Entstehung reinzulesen (Manchester abseits von New Order, Oasis und Take That, etc.) 3,7 dafür.

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Um 2 poppige Säulen („Once Around the Block“/„Disillusion“) herum schlafwandelndes Meisterwerk. Mit jedem Durchlauf tritt ein anderes Detail in den Vordergrund, konzeptueller Mosaik-Indie mit knappen Hang zur Unheimlichkeit ehe sich doch Heimeligkeit sanft durchboxt. Und dabei auf eine selbstbewusste Art Englisch; genuine Eigenständigkeit, erkennbare Handschrift, kauzige Haltung. In den instrumentalen Passagen nah an Filmmusik. Kein Wunder, dass sich der der schlecht gezeichnete Boy direkt für den Soundtrack zu „About A Boy“ - einer weiteren Verschränkung von UK Herrlichkeit aus Literatur und Film - qualifiziert hat. Morgen stoß‘ ich mit einer Dose Baked Beans an auf flirrend stabile 4.4

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Inspiring and interesting. Songwriting

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Love this album. Mellow lovelyness

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Great album. So much good musicality and transitions between tracks

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4

I know the band sounded familiar, but I couldn't place where. It was the first song The Shining, that I remembered! Rest of the album is really good, great background working music.

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This was the perfect music for spending the day in the kitchen!

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I liked it a lot. Mellow vibe. Good stuff.

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4

A little overly long but very enjoyable. The songs are well written and I enjoy the chamber pop sound, even if it's been overdone in recent years

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4

Great.

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4

Interesting, strange, at times intriguing, at times serene. A nice background album that sometimes captivates the mind and sometimes lets it wander.

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4

Soft britpop. Might take a few more listens but my first impression is that I like it. Seems to have a lot of texture.

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4

I've seen Badly Drawn Boy in concert and I know several of the tracks off of this album. I don't think I've listened to the album as a whole before. With 18 tracks, perhaps it's a little tough to get the album above a 4. I would listen to this album again. "Once Around the Block" is probably my favorite track.

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4

Easy listen, played on a rainy Sunday and it was very peaceful. Could easily throw in the background anytime.

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4

Like and early Fun. album. Lots of cool horns and strings with light pop

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Lovely, textured atmospheric album. It's fun how the tracks journey through multiple genres, all while maintaining the Badly Drawn Boy sound.

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4

Great melodies. But probably wouldn’t listen again

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4

Like Nick Drake, if Rivers Cuomo sang vocals. Hippie bullshit, but I kinda like it. It’s lush and full and melodic and dreamy. Worth another listen or three, even if the songs are pretty repetitive.

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4

Nice chill album, to listen on rainy days

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4

I really enjoyed this. Their music reminds me of Chandler.

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4

Erg gaaf album. Verrassing! Gave combinatie van dromerige indie(pop?) en lo-fi. Lekker ongepolijst. Luistert heerlijk weg in het halfdonker.

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4

yes, we like

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4

This album would have gotten a lot of hours of my time in a previous life. I got some Beck influencing in there.

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4

Pretty cool album, seems like it’d be fun to listen to while doing stuff (ha i don’t do stuff) Favorite track:Fall in a river

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Reminds me of rainy car journeys when I was a child. Actually, I remember stealing this CD from my dad when I was like 12 and listening to it on a constant loop for a little while...

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Este está muy interesante... la música tiene arreglos muy inusuales, y las canciones son bastante diferentes entre sí, pero (casi todas) conservando un mismo estilo. Mi calificación es 3.5 ya que en lo personal, hay algunas canciones que quitaría, que podrían hacer el disco mejor, pero de todas formas no pasaría de 4, así que lo dejaré en 4.

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3.5 | Debo decir que después de una primera mala impresión en que lo consideré como un disco soso y demasiado uniforme mi opinión fue cambiando bastante; ejemplo perfecto de cómo a veces hay que poner más atención o dar otras oportunidades antes de dar un juicio. En algún momento leí en estos días que le llamaron el nuevo "Beck" y puedo ahora entender el por qué de la comparación (aunque aun considero la comparación como una exageración). El disco es, sorpresivamente un trabajo que se termina sintiendo como un salto de parches, a veces dulces, a veces con un poco de más carácter, a veces casi sin sentido, pero atados de manera que no se pierde cohesión en su totalidad. Se termina sintiendo como si su símil fuera una pintura en collage bien ejecutada. Entonces, ¿cómo es que una combinación casi sin sentido de indie rock, bossa nova, folk y pop logró brillar? Quizás porque su eclecticismo nunca sonó particularmente de su época. Después de todo, esta fue la era en que imperaba la hueva de los grupos de pop deprimido como Travis y Coldplay, un disco "emocional" y de "hombre vulnerable" como este hubiera sido un éxito en teoría. Y creo que es ese flujo y ese eclecticismo lo que es el arma secreta de Bewilderbeast. Las canciones se entretejen entre sí como convergentes, lo que hace que suenen como fragmentos de sueños en lugar de ideas de canciones a medias. Música que quizá nunca fue tan popular como Parachutes, pero que termina siendo muchísimo más profunda tanto técnica como líricamente. Es la versión correcta de ese género.

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4

gimme that sad boi quirky shit any day

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4

I really enjoyed this, inventive production and really solid songwriting

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4

Really quite good. I'm already pretty into this sort of music anyway, as folk/rock/indie tend to be some of my favorite genres. I know this might seem boring to a lot of people, but eh, it worked for me, so that must count for something!

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4

This was a really nice, creative alternative rock/folk blend. It's very relaxing and enjoyable.

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4

Much better than I expected. Very clever. Used the album concept very well. Little snippets between songs was very adhesive to the experience.

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4

Slightly embarrassing almost 130 albums in, but I think this is the first one ive ever listened to before. Kinda digging it. Easy 4 during work. Almost a 5 but my college years were too painful. also there are some boring songs.

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4

like it, bolton legend

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Great stuff

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4

My first listen to Badly Drawn Boy and I must admit I was impressed! The Hour of Bewilderbeast is an interesting listen, with a varied range of influences and styles with a lush, full sound that will lead me to seek out more from BDB in the near future.

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4

Nice 90s indie stuff - pretty imaginative tunes and really cool sounds thrown across the mixes!

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4

I really loved some of the songs on this album. Some of my favorites were The Shining, Another Pearl, This Song and, I think, Bewilderbeest.

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4

pleasantly surprised!

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4

First time listening to this since I was in college. I loved it then and really enjoyed it now. Not just a good nostalgia hit

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4

Liked the first half a lot, 2nd half was a little more tedious, would probably give a 3.5 If i could but a 4 is fine for now, too

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4

I liked this - will listen to again.

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4

Enjoyable and sweet.

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4

I should have maybe paid more attention to this band the first time round

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4

I really liked this album back when it came out. Haven't listened to it much since then, so it's nice to revisit. Mellow, great melodies, emotional feel, heartbreaking lyrics. Never realized how similar to Elliott Smith some of this sounds, which is not a bad thing. Pissing in the Wind in particular is a great song, with the heartbreaking, desperate vocals and lyrics "Just give me something. I'll take nothing." 4 stars.

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4

A very soothing listen however a few forgetful tracks Fav tracks: The Shining, Bewilder, Fall in a River

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Vraiment bon, beaucoup de style mais la production et les chansons sont tr3s belle et c’est bien fait. 4.5

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👌🌞

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Having been born in 1990 this album came out before I had any real interest in music. This is my first time listening to it and I'm very glad that I'm using this generator and have been alerted to it. It contains a couple of 'classic' songs that I've heard before without knowing who the artist is. All in, this is a well produced 'soft-rock'/indie album with a fantastic laid back feel. Perfect for easy background listening.

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4

Reminded me a lot of Elliott Smith. Some modern moments and some really neat breaks. *The Shining *Cause a Rockslide *Bewilderbeast

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Sometimes you just want a sad boy strumming the guitar. Catchy and soulful. Reminds me of a less emo Conor Oberst

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4

Love this album - I was bought it when it came out. Many memories

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4

Really enjoyable album! Wish I heard it when it first came out!

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Indie. Interesante.

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Really interesting album. Moody alternative rock with a little bit of grunge? And real instruments.

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Y'know, I kinda sneered when this came up, but listening to it brought back a bunch of memories, and there are quite a few tracks I actually quite like... Fave track - "Once Around the Block" probably - "The Shining" too perhaps...

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I had heard the name of this artist but wasn't familiar with the music. Seeing that it was a British artist from the early 2000s didn't exactly fill me with hope, but I really liked it. Folky, but with a lot of variation in the instruments and musical styles. The production is very good. I could see myself buying this record 4/5

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I like :-)

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4

Really enjoyed this, great atmosphere and mood to it.

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4

Horrific album cover, terrific music. 3.75

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4

4/5. Pretty soft, nice, and chill

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4

Liked it quite a bit. Great 90s indie rock.

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4

I genuinely enjoy this album. I like that some songs were indie folk sounding, some more indie rock and pop. The first song had me hooked, not every song was outstanding but there were some excellent instrumental moments featuring the piano in this album. The orchestral opening I could have listened to for a long time.

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4

This sounded very familiar even though I've never listened to this album before. A bit long but a pleasant journey and was perfect for a long-ass walk with the dog on a sunny spring day

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4

Beautiful music. At times it reminds me of Sufjan and other times Wilco. Too dang long though.

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Mielenkiintoisia ralleja, uudelleen kuuntelemisen arvoinen

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4

I enjoyed this album, much more my style than some of the others. Got an Arcade Fire feel from some of the songs. Probably need to listen to it a little more closely, but overall I thought it was enjoyable.

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4

Love the construction of this album. To me, felt as a narrative of random memories, like opening a souvenir box with a collection of different nostalgic registers.

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4

Muito bom.

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4

Not bad. Enjoyable. Not gonna rush out and listen again, but still reasonably good music. Well written. A talent for sure.

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Som encorpado, de fundamento

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This was alright, I don't really have a strong opinion about this album.

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3

Liked first 5 songs then the transition was just completely off, not cohesive, at the 9th song it got better. 10-13 were not good. The rest of the album was nice.

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1999: Everybody's Stalking, Once Around The Block

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Singer songwriter mixed with a little 90s grunge. I own "One Plus One is One" but never looked past that. This is great (closer to a 3.5) but there's some fat that could've been trimmed. Favorite tracks: "Fall in a River", "Another Pearl", "Disillusion"

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He's like an Elliott Smith who can sing, which is nice, but there's not a lot here that grabs the attention in a positive way. Just okay. Best track: The Shining

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its pretty good. terrible album cover though. A little dated too.

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Sopii varsin hyvin työpäivän taustamusaksi. Pitää kuunnella laajemmin tuotantoa kun on aikaa.

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Nice background music

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3

Pretty good.

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Although only just over 1h, the album dragged on forever with songs that are just nothing special

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Pleasant surprise. Full album not as depressing as first song.

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It's not really what I go for but it not bad to put on in the background if I'm working or cleaning the house. Very low key but well done. It does bring across the feel of early 2000's music to me.

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Arrangements were great but vocal style was something I didn’t care for.

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Rather unusual thing, but not at all bad.

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Glad I know about him but this album didn't really resonate with me

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I liked this. It grew on me with several plays. Nice.

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3

Super chill album to listen to

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3

Very familiar with this. Like it!

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This is the first record for an artist that I had not listened to before. I am pretty sure I saw his name before but had never listened. His style of indie pop mixed with an overwhelming sadness reminds me a lot of Elliot Smith. Apparently he played a tribute gig for him at some point. Overall I thought this record was good with a lot of interesting sounds that I wasn’t expecting. It is a bit long-winded however. Favorite track: Another Pearl Least favorite track: Say It Again

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3

Enjoyable album. Group new to me

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Nice to listen to.

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Better than I would’ve thought. Had a Pink Floyd Meddle feel

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3

Quite peculiar, very interesting, pretty chill.

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Strange and eclectic to the point of scattered, but interesting enough to listen again. Feels like an album you can't digest all at once.

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3

All songs sound the same

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Acoustic, easy listening, soft rock type stuff. Some of it is really enjoyable, other stuff is weird and kinda cool. Not sure I’ll listen to it again but it’s a solid album.

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Not quite as good as I remembered , but a couple of bangers

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Pleasant surprise. I wasn't in the least aware of this album. The Badly Drawn Boy name was something I had only encountered a few times, but don't remember having ever listened to it. However, I found it truly enjoyable. Will get back to it.

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I enjoyed a few songs musically, but as a whole the album fails to fascinate me. By the end, he seems to lose the identity in the album in the way he began in.

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I kinda like it. I fell asleep for about 20 minutes of the middle of the album but what I heard sounded good and I’d rather be asleep than listening to Korn. Will have to listen to this again when I am less tired.

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This was quite pleasant to listen to. Kind of an indie vibe. I usually would give 2 stars to an album that was just okay, listenable, but doesn't have any major song. In this case, I was about to give it 2 stars but I actually liked the album overall by the end, so 3 stars it is.

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Indie británico. Bastantes canciones un poco sosas...

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Pleasant, easy listening. I would revisit for some backyard beer drinking. Small note, the echoey reverb thing on "This Song" was really jarring with headphones, I was not a fan.

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5

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3.4 - It's got that turn-of-the-millenium earnest, bedroom-recorded, DIY vibe to it. Given the timing of its release, this album was probably ahead of the Brooklyn-centric zeitgeist of that same sound. At this point, I've listened to my fill of all the Beta Bands, the Grizzly Bears, the Bon Ivers out there. Not mad that I had a chance to hear this one but I probably won't be revisiting it anytime soon.

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At least 2 absolute Yossis, in Disillusion and Once Around the Block.

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This album art is like a disturbing Vitruvian man? All in all it was fine, none of the songs really did it for me but it was nice and chill

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Some really good stuff. Need to come back to it.

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Overall enjoyable, not super interesting

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Started solid, but all began to blend together

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I started listening and then before I knew it the album was over. It seemed like one long song to me. I will listen again. I give it three Rip Van Winkles

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Nice

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Ok

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I didn’t hate it.

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much better than expected. felt a lot like early 2000s indie rock i liked. glad i didnt skip it

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Good album and definitely could see chilling out to it again but I don't see what makes a one of the greatest albums similarly to the last one I listened to by Le Tigre 1) The Shining 4* 2) Everybody's Stalking 3* 3) Bewilder 3* short accordion song not bad but just a segue 4) Fall In A River 3* 5) Camping Next To Water 4* 6) Stone On The Water 4* 7) Another Pearl 3* 8) Body Rap 3* segue 9) Once Around The Block 3* 10) This Song 4* 11) Bewilderbeast 3* 12) Magic In The Air 3* 13) Cause a Rockslide 3* 14) Pissing In The Wind 3* 15) Blistered Heart 2* 16) Disillusion 4* 17) Say It Again 3* 18) Epitaph 3*

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3* - pretty much exactly what I expected. Some gems but too long.

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Сомнительное удовольствие. Лоскутное одеяло от музыканта-одиночки, рассказывающего личные истории в довольно продолжительном сольном альбоме. На рубеже веков это безусловно было глотком свежего воздуха, сегодня же уже выглядит стилистически слабым, bedroom-музыканты задают себе сегодня намного более высокие стандарты. Но первопроходцам, как всегда слава и почет, а вот слушать непросто.

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Quirky but charming.

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Not really my kind of sound, but very well put together album with a tonally consistent sound :)

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More enjoyable than I expected, enjoyed some songs (and the video to Once Around the Block). Nothing spectacular. A solid 2.5er.

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Didn’t listen to full albums. Still good.

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Better than expected album from a name I haven’t heard before. It has a 90s feel to it which I like. It’s chill and transitions smoothly. Some songs are a little weird lyrically. 7.4/10

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Fairly nice indie pop

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The shining is boring. Everybody’s Stalking is a BOP!!11!”” Stone on the water is nice, but I mean come on, it’s literally just 2 chords for half the song. Is this part of a dare to see how long people will listen? Didn’t like Another Pearl or Body Rap... but Cause a Rockslide was worthy of a better rating than this album as a whole. Pissing in the wind is such a mood. Just give me something/I’ll take nothing😳 Overall, I think it will improve on a second listen. I applaud it for having really good bits and a high ambition, while not shying away from doing some less poppy, weirder stuff.

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not bad not bad at all. cool album cover

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Beetje indie, beetje andere invloeden. Prima om naar te luisteren, maar het pakt ook net niet.

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Het album begint bijna klassiek en een paar nummers later waan je je in een Italiaans stadje. Samengevat? Je neemt een gitaar en voegt wat muzikale experimentjes toe. Ik kan de humor van deze muziek wel inzien. Vooral bij "Fall in a river" valt het liedje letterlijk in het water. Echter ... De zang is wat minder, en ook de energie van dit album is voor mij te laag. De hit zit in "Stone on the Water". Het begin van "Another Pearl" lijkt wel heel erg op Brimful of Asha van Cornershop. Het stereo-experiment "This Song" vind ik heel irritant, terwijl "Epitath" zomaar in de aftiteling van een film zou kunnen zitten. Toch een heel divers album dit.

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Lovely wee album

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-A lot of it seems like it has cool instruments and effects, but its just relatively low energy and I just don't get excited about it. -"Cause A Rockslide" is probably my favorite track. It has a good groove, and then there is a big explosion and a cool breakdown -"Disillusion" has a decent amount of groove and I like the piano and guitar

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Very good, even if I rarely play it these days.

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Fine background music.

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It was alright as background music but I wasn’t a massive fan. 3*

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Mellow indie folk, though fairly nondescript.

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just does nothing to stand out. 2.6

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Once Around the Block is a beautiful, beautiful track. Unfortunately, the rest of the album doesn’t thrill. The extended instrumental interludes are a little wearing and the overall impact is that the album becomes a little repetitive. There are other albums of this era and genre I would reach for over this one, and it’s a shame because Damon is clearly a talented guy.

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I’m always torn with Badly Drawn Boy. I want to love it but I just can’t seem to grasp where he’s coming from. I think if I had have been into it when it was first released that might have changed things but for now I just dang see myself returning to this too often.

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band has some range, took a little bit to warm up to it. Doubt I'll listen to it again but would be open to other albums. 3+

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Overly long. Love Damon Gough's voice and sensibilities, but should have been half the length

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Quite a dreamy alternative album. There was a gamut of instruments throughout the production which kept things fresh and interesting. Best: Pissing in the Wind Worst: Be Wilder

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Just to be clear, this album is a clearly perfect 3.5 to me, so whether I give it a 3 or 4, neither will be quite right. I enjoyed listening to this one, and I even wanted to keep listening when I had to take a break. But then when I resumed it did go on a long time and I got a bit weary by the end. And then when I went back to the beginning, I really liked it again, but didn't feel the need to listen to everything all the way through again. So nice to hear such interesting uses of varied musical instruments. I liked "The Shining" with the cello and French horn and acoustic guitar and mellow singing voice singing about the sunshine. "Fall in a River" was kind of cool when it, well, fell in the river. I liked "Once Around the Block" and "Bewilderbeast." By the last 20 minutes of the album, though, I enjoyed it well enough, but it was well enough. Lovely album, thank you.

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Not bad.

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No pensé que iba a ser psicodélico. Me gusta pero no sé en qué ocasión lo escucharía. Probablemente cuando quiera hacerme el culto o cuando esté atravesando una crisis emocional.

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This is very easy to listen to, very 90s feel. This is easy to have on in the background when working. This Song sounds like something that would play in a coffee shop.

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6/10

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Gentle plinky plonk British 90's pretentiousness. Perfectly lovely way to pass an hour. Had to pass another hour as each tune had completely passed me by. Will I listen again? Pass.

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Enough variety for a 3.5

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This was good but unremarkable to me. I can't see myself seeking it out to listen to again. None of the songs truly caught me.

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Pretty good 2000's era "indie" record. Some enjoyable songs but I find this style/genre kind of boring and forgettable for whatever reason. But I can definitely see why this would be a popular record.

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This is an album with music on it. It is divided by tracks that also as well are surely songs.

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Eh

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good length. great songs. living for the city and higher ground are obvs the best

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Nice and mellow

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Interesting sounds. Loved the orchestrations. Great for a mellow day.

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kinda cool

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There’s quite a lot going on here. I hear orchestral pop, folk rock, country, electronics, Britpop, and jazz but it doesn’t exactly sound like a blend. It sounds like a jumble of musical references that don’t really create something new. The songwriting is a bit lazy with quite a few lines sounding like they were written to preserve a rhyme. It’s not offensive, but it’s just trying sound more forward thinking than it actually is.

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Peaceful, charming

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Average

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What even is a bewilderbeast?

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Ok, wasn't mad on it.

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Mais ou menos

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Dit vond ik echt verrassend goed.

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Thought this was going to be really intense because it has a pre-tense of a hardcore metal album but was pleasantly surprised. Definitely would like to revisit this one

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Got its moments 3

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I like "Something to Talk About" better as an album. A lot of songs in here were slow and plodding. But I still gave it a 3 because it was pleasant. The "chopper sound like a window is half open in the car" song almost dropped it to a 1.

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Good variety and there's a certain "je ne c'est quoi" with the music that's so pleasing for me -- like round tones or clean sound or something I can't put my finger on!

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I have this album. Good listening but nothing really special.

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Je comprends l'attrait, mais il manque un petit quelque chose pour que ça vienne plus me chercher. Vaudrait la peine de réessayer

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não é ruim mas não bateu forte

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I had no idea about this album. It was an interesting ride. There was a great variety of sounds here and it'll take some more listening to really get a feel for it.

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Pretty good.

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Oh man, a wave of nostalgia here. I don't actually know much off this specific album but I loved BDB back in the day. Excited for this. Shining -- I loved this song, and it seems I still do Everybody's Stalking -- Cool psychedelic mystery vibes Bewilder -- Fall in a River -- A weaker one Camping Next to Water -- Liking this one again Stone on the Water -- One I liked back in the day, and still do Another Pearl -- Not a highlight, but alright Body Rap -- This is...not a good song Once Around the Block -- This one's better at least This Song -- Not in love with this one Bewilderbeast -- A pleasant song, though a bit bland...nice though Magic in the Air -- another meh song Cause a Rockslide -- Liking this one more though except this ending Pissing in the Wind -- decent one Blistered Heart -- pleasant Disillusion -- Kind of diffrernt, in a good way Say it Again -- Like this one too, a bit Beatles-y Epitaph -- Basically, not as good as I'd hoped; too much filler. But you can hear the seeds of what made some of his other stuff so good; and the Shining just absolutely kills

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I’d never heard of this artist before so I didn’t know what to expect. It was more pleasant than I thought it would be. The album could use some editing though.

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Pretty good! Reminds me of Beck a lot. Not too much to say, except that I had never heard of this guy, but I'm going to add a few songs from the album to my spotify (though not the whole album)

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This was surprisingly enjoyable considering my very low expectations. It's a little bloated though; if they had trimmed some of the more egregious hipster indie bullshit it could have easily gotten a 4.

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Non male, ma neanche la rivelazione della vita.

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Enjoyable enough.

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So this isn't super my thing, but there are some really cool little passages here, and I think his sense of melody is strong. It's a good time, but I'd be lying if I said that I see this becoming a Mountain Goats-level favorite. C

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3/5. Some was nice, but overall I didn't really care for it. Sorta reminds me of more boring version of things like The Shins.

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This is terribly 2000. I like some of it but it doesn't quite feel finished.

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I want to like it more than I do

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Just okay. Melancholy at times

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Some interesting songs and arrangement. Some parts a little meh.

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Not quite my tempo.

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Ihan ok taustalle rentoiluhetkiin, mut sitä kamaa nyt maailmasta löytyy

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I like some of the riffs, but the overall sound and feeling doesn't appeal to me really

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Boring. Generic. Shouldn’t be on the list.

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5

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Emo indie ish

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2.1

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meh

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Blaaaah. Why is this vital? It's...fine? Nothing about it inspires. Not a great start.

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I like the flow of the album. Overall pretty delightful.

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Not for me

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Melankolisk musik som inte fastnar

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Erg rustig ofja ben niet echt ver gekomen

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Not too shabby. Although the guy's voice sounds like if I was singing, it's still a decent listen.

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I guess I'm not a fan of this style of alternative. It's not horrible but its just kind of boring another verve like blah

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Alt rock, meh. I find this album flaccid and boring. Magic in the Air is a pretty decent song. Disillusion is more my speed.

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not my kind of emo.

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Ok, got tuned out.

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That was interesting. I'm not sure what lyrical content was going on but overall, the album felt like it went somewhere which was nice. There are some other whiney voiced acts that I would go to before these guys.

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vanilla

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Some good songs. Most not. Bit long, was bored by the end.

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Thought he was a bit bland in 1999 and I think he's a bit bland in 2021

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This bored me mostly but it was inoffensive.

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Very tough for me to mark this one as a 2 but I think I have to as it's not got any memorable or catchy jams and I care about that. I'd put this under indie-folk (indie rock + folk rock), as it generally matches that, however, this is an incredibly varied album. I managed to find tracks that covered the following genres (in this order): Western Classical (shout out to muted trumpets), Grunge/Rock?, Indie, Folk, Hip Hop, Blues (this guy fucking plays banjo), Alt Rock (crazy pedal effects), Pop Rock (sounded like The Beatles or something), Piano Balad (shout out to the harp), American Country, Disco (excuse me what!?) and Big Band Swing. This solo multi-instrumentalist makes an impressively competent and cohesive album with small interludes and mostly gapless tracks that flow well between each other (except that wild disco one). He manages to link them together with his folky style, and manages to get his electric guitar sounding completely different on every track, in order to match the style. Incredibly impressive and very peaceful music, but I've never really listened to folk rock before so am unattuned to it (unless you count Mundford and Sons lol).

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Nice, if uninteresting twiddling indie acoustic. The kind of music made to appear in car and mobile phones commercials.

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Me saturó demasiado, creo que el indie no es mi estilo tampoco. Como idea y concepto tal vez sea bueno y por eso esté en la lista pero fuera de everybody is stalking y pissing in the wind lo demás lo escuché como si oortada

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Indie que não se sustenta na audição com mais de 60 minutos.

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Unremarkable.

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Apart album met rustige indie nummers, niet mijn stijl

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This album is no longer in the latest editions of the book, and I can't say I disagree.

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Oh my god this goes on forever. He's not a great lyricist, is he? Will this ever ennnnd...

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This did nothing for me. Some parts were not too bad, but way too many songs were just boring.

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some people might like it

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This album did nothing for me. Each song sounded similar to the rest and thinking back I can't remember a single song, line, or riff that stood out and caught my attention. It was peaceful background noise, so I would listen to this if I was trying to relax and wanted some white noise.

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Should have 3/4 hour of bewilderbeast. Ends up feeling same-y for a good majority of the album. Then when he does change it up with Disillusion, halfway thru you want it to go back. He does folk-pop well, and I guess needs to stick to it. Almost nothing stands out, this is just a collection of okay songs. Highlight Tracks: 1, 5, 12, 17

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Ok album

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Why does every British indie group from this era have the guitar tone of Radiohead? A couple sparks here and there but didn't hold my interest.

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Pretty soft alternative. I don’t think i would listen to this album again.

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A bit slow for me. Interesting but not my taste

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Seeing other people reviews of this was all over the place some liked it others hated it but the first songs is so chilled and simple it just works, it does go on a bit to long but it just a chill album.

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Canzoni carine, un po' noiose. Ha uno stile definito, ma che non mi piace. 1 stella è poco, ma 2 vanno più che bene. Anche un po' troppo lungo, ma credo sia dovuto al fatto che non mi piaccia.

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dreamy and slow, post-grunge?

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Ok album, nothing great, nothing bad

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Baby's first John Lennon. 2.5/5

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Pleasant.

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I'm sure it was good, but I fell sleep 2/5

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Not really my thing. Better as background music

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This did not attract my attention. I remember Badly Drawn Boy getting a lot of positive press in the UK around the time; best new songwriting hope, etc. Mercury Prize winning, beloved by NME, Q, etc. But it didn't grab me at the time, and it doesn't now. Dull, and over-long. Never need to hear this again.

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02/14/22 "Garden State" movie soundtrack rejects, lol. Good for a mellow, rainy day.

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Not so bad

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De intro klonk veelbelovend, daarna vond ik het zaadjesmuziek.

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Ik had dit aan staan toen ik aanbieders voor een nieuw energiecontract aan het vergelijken was. Suf werk. En de muziek maakte het niet bepaald minder suf.

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Nee, ik kon er niets mee

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I like a few tracks from their movie soundtrack album a few years later, but nothing on here jumped out at me. Vocals a bland wordy bay of meh. Little interludes weren’t really needed

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idk. Nothing drew me in but nothing made me skip songs.

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A fine album.

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Decent background music. I don't need to hear it again.

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I dont hate it but stuff like this is very hit or miss for me. I actually think that if I was in the right mood it could grow on me. It's an "I'm sorry" 2 for now with potential to be upgraded to a 3 maybe if I ever give this another go.

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Chill. Too chill.

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Meh. Seems like a decent if enough album.

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Meh

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Just not my think. I expected bewildered beasts to be more bewildering. (I guess)

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By the numbers. Of its era. Forgettable

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Depressing, even for me

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Un poco soft

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started fine but tough to get through by the end.

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Gash with a rash. 0/10

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I don't know man

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It did not grab my attention

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Boeing as hell

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De twee voor mij bekende liedjes zijn wel aardig, rest niet spannend

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Lame af

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A bit bland

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Never liked the album when it came out and this has not changed despite listening to it twice.

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This fucking sucks and I hate it. I won’t mince words today or waste time trying to find merit where there is none.

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Wrdgaf

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This, I do not care for. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Powerful mellow anthems of the 70's

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Track 1 “the shining” - really enjoy cadence of vocals and melody Track 2 “everybody stalking” - faster more upbeat despite the name Track 4 “fall in a river” - weak, but the outro is pretty cool.

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Generic, bordering on boring

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