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Badly Drawn Boy

Consider the sad fate of the typical cult artist. He puts out one consistently enjoyable disc after another, earning positive reviews on each occasion. Unfortunately, his work is too modest to attract monster sales, and after a while, even critics tire of saying the same nice things about him. When journalists finally turn their attentions to the next lost cause, said performer quietly drifts into semi-oblivion, seldom to be heard from again.

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.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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