Badly Drawn Boy Damon Gough is in the middle of this process. His new CD won't make fans forget his last three excellent discs (The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, Have You Fed the Fish? and the criminally overlooked soundtrack to About a Boy), but the warmth, melodic opulence and barbed wit of tunes such as "Year of the Rat" and the U.S.-only bonus track "Don't Ask Me I'm Only the President" should still hit the sweet spot of even the most jaded observer.
One Plus One adds up to another winner. Too bad Gough is apt to lose in the end.