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The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

Badly Drawn Boy

2000

The Hour Of Bewilderbeast

Album Summary

The Hour of Bewilderbeast is the debut studio album by British musician Badly Drawn Boy, released on 26 June 2000. Damon Gough, who performs as Badly Drawn Boy, wrote, produced, and played several instruments on the album's eighteen tracks, several of which also feature accompaniment by members of the British indie rock bands Alfie and Doves. The Hour of Bewilderbeast was released to great critical acclaim and went on to win the 2000 Mercury Prize, and has sold 455,000 copies in the United Kingdom as of September 2011.

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Rating

3.23

Votes

4765

Genres

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

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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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5

What a record.

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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

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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5

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

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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5

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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5

Very cool

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5

Gostosinho demais, nuh

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5

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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5

That was actually really beautiful, I really loved that No complaints, just great indie, 10/10

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5

This was a surprising album given that I’ve never heard of either the album or the artist before but it was really solid. The shining and camping next to water were standouts. Second half I didn’t enjoy quite as much but giving it a 5 mainly just to remember it

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5

This one surprised me. It's never boring, and I like it a lot!

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5

I didn’t know what to expect from this album. I definitely didn’t expect to fall in love with it but here I am looking how to add it to my collection

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5

I don’t know how to classify any of this but I loved this album. Good find!

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5

Like the varied beats. Nice how the instruments cine in and fade out as do the vocals. Nice raw somewhat sometimes out of tune singer. Like to listen to this.

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5

An artist that has never come up on my radar, with an album of songs I don’t recognise. This is why I love the 1001 Album challenge (if you want to call it that). It’s allegedly one of the best albums ever created, and I’m going in clueless but optimistic - I like the album art. Songs I already know: none Favourite after listening: Bewilderbeast, Everybody’s Stalking Songs I disliked: This Song - the weird rapid panning between each earphone gave me a headache Overall: 9/10 This album was near perfect, and very much to my taste. It reminds me a lot of Eels and that’s definitely no bad thing. It’s the kind of album where if I was listening to it and somebody spoke to me, I would want to pause the music rather than talk over it. It’s so beautifully composed, and he has such a nice voice. 90’s alt music it always going to go down well with me, and I’m going to be coming back to this album a lot (except that one song). Edit: turns out it was released in 2000, so it’s technically not 90s alt, but definitely feels like it.

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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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4

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

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4

Nice and melodic

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

Inspiring and interesting. Songwriting

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4

Love this album. Mellow lovelyness

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4

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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4

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

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

Indie. Interesante.

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4

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

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

Som encorpado, de fundamento

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4

Great album

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4

Herkkä ja varsin kaunis levy. Vähän tasapainoilen kolmosen ja nelosen välillä, mutta menköön nyt 4/5.

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4

Mahtava indielätty. Jonkun verran turhia biisejä, mistä sakotan.

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4

I've always liked this album even if I couldn't give you the name of any of the tracks - it's not like there isn't some variety between them, it's just that it plays more as an album for me rather than any collection of memorable singles. For that reason maybe it might take a few spins before this clicks. My big negative is that it's too long - it'd have been perfect at about 45 minutes (the vinyl-era limitations were actually FEATURES) at which point the sameness of it sets in. There's definitely a strong Elliott Smith connection/homage in BDB's work and even if I find some of Smith's highs to be higher I think this is more consistently enjoyable. Highly melodic, multi-instrumental, creative and introspective - recommended in 40-45 minute segments :) 7/10 4 stars

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4

A delightful album I need to listen to more

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Alt-folk? Baroque pop? Who knows. Love this album; it’s full of sweetly light tracks offset by more urgent ones, darker in tone. Varied in arrangement and accompaniment, all 18 tracks hold the attention and showcase Damon Gough’s talent as composer and multi-instrumentalist. Completed, the album sits fully as a single statement, testament to the value of the long play format.

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I was looking forward to this as have fond memories of when it came out and haven't listened to it recently. It didn't blow me away like it did when I first heard it, though still thoroughly enjoyable, but I'm giving it 4 because of how I felt then, not now

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Badly Drawn Boy is just one guy: Damon Gough. Gough plays guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion, harp, etc. Obviously very talented, Gough is filled to the brim with ideas for his very first album. After a string of EPs, you could tell that Gough was eager to put together something bigger and more impactful. This is a helluva record. Incredibly wistful and complex, it's obvious that Gough put a lot of heart and soul into this record. Some flavors of folk, pop, and indie weirdness in there too. In some ways it reminds me of OK Computer with how it utilizes strings and moments of peaks and valleys to create an overall ambitious record.

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I missed this in the early 2000s, so mainly new stuff. Apart from a couple of unavoidable singles, which were probably the least interesting things on the album, this was a varied listen. Gentle tunes, which sometimes meant the songs seemed to float over me. Not unpleasant, but maybe a little forgetable. That said, I enjoyed my time with the Boy, his use of soundeffects and occasion washed out samples worked well for me. There are obvious comparisons to Elliot Smith and Nick Drake, both of whom can be felt in this, if as shadows of tribute, but a pretty decent tribute.

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4

I liked one of the songs before listening to the album

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4

Good millenial indie, with a bit of bloat. Probably due to a diverse set of sounds throughout.

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4

Surprisingly great indie rock from the turn of the century. This album deserves better album art lol.

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4

A lovely album that I didn't expect to enjoy. I wouldn't have listened to it without the generator.

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It’s a good thing this album came up over a weekend. This is one of the albums that delivers the ultimate payoff for this experience. It is something I’ve never even heard of and likely never would have listened to. I enjoy albums where the artist writes and plays a multitude of instruments because often something truly unique comes out. Especially on debut albums. That doesn’t mean they are always good, but they can be refreshing. I love the atmosphere of this album, as in the horn and string drenched The Shining. The left/right echo/delay on This Song is trippy. It feels seizure inducing with headphones, but is much more subtle through a speaker system. A couple things I’m not all in on: his voice isn’t great and the album is too long. It feels like he tried to get all his ideas on his first album, which is understandable. But holding 20 minutes of this material back would have been a net positive.

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Što sam čuo od albuma, sigurno 70%, mog reć da mi se više sviđa nego što sam mislio. Stvarno dobrih trenutaka na albumu, dobar indie rock, moguće da ću se vratiti na njega s vremenom da ga detaljnije prođem.

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I enjoyed it but i think its a little long but awesome album nontheless

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I got this album as a gift back in the day it came out, never heard of them...and then a couple of years later was shocked to hear the soundtrack for About a Boy was being composed by Badly Drawn Boy...and both are excellent.

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4

Great, blast from the past.

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I remember liking the name Badly Drawn Boy when I first heard it, but I had not listened to the music and I am glad I now have. Really good album here. Excellent songwriting and all performed so very well. I can hear various influences in his work but they don't totally take over and dominate the sound. He makes it his own. I'll have to check out his other albums too. Very cool.

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4

This was a surprisingly good album and easy listening.

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Not my style but it’s listenable and makes you feel

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I surprisingly really enjoyed this album. It's a nice way to start a morning and is really pretty.

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4

Liked this. Saved a few songs on Spotify. Cool sounds, super 2000. Would listen again.

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"The Hour of the Bewilderbeast" is the debut album by English singer-songwriter and muliti-instrumentalist Damon Gough known as Badly Drawn Boy. Gough wrote, produced, sang and played many of the instruments with accompaniment by members of The Doves and Alfie. The music is classified as indie pop, indie folk, chamber pop and lo-fi. The music has also been compared to Nick Drake. All those are appropriate; I would add in Elliot Smith too but Gough's music is not quote as dark as Drake and Smith. There is more optimism and I actually quite liked this album. Many others did too as it won the 2000 Mercury Prize for the best album released in the UK by a British or Irish act. It looks like the PJ Harvey album was technically released in 2001 for the award. "The Shining" starts the album with horns and strings with an acoustic guitar kicking in later. A beautiful song...sitting in the sun with someone you love. The second song "Everbody's Stalking" is the antithesis of the first song. Electric guitar. More rock. The music has a paranoid feel....well, it's a song about stalking. "Camping on the Water" has lovely interplay between the acoustic guitars. Great melody. A lot of similarities to Elliot Smith here. He's feeling broken and needs to get away. "Once Around the Block" continues an equally strong second album half. It's more jazzy with the drums, bass and rhythm guitar. A kind wah-wah guitar playing along too. A love song..first love? "Magic in the Air" relies on a piano, harp and an orchestra in the background. A new found love. "Pissing in the Wind" has a country feel with a slide guitar. The song builds. He sounds a lot like Richard Ashcroft of The Verve. An album highlight for Me. This is a really good album. No real faults other than it was quite long at 73 minutes (ah, the CD era). I don't know if Gough ever quite reached these levels in the future. This one, however, is worth checking out.

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4

Háklassa lyftutónlist, er að fíla þetta.

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4

4/5 Pretty good album. Kinda weird and quirky. Not the greatest but pretty good.

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4

Indie rock, indie folk, chamber pop

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4

Could possibly have done with trimming a few tracks from this but generally a very pleasant listen. Reminds me of good times

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4

Great

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4

It’s brilliant but I think it’s a tad too long. Knock 10-15 minutes off this and I’d give it 5 stars.

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4

Great songwriter. Couple of top notch songs on here. Not quite 5 stars though

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4

Major Elliott Smith vibes and really bad cover art. Even the sounds of the instrumentation makes it sound like he sat down in the room where an Elliott Smith recording had just taken place to put down a few of his own tunes. That being said, I still like it.

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

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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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3

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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3

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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3

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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Super chill album to listen to

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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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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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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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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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