Album Review: Badly Drawn Boy - It's What I'm Thinking Pt 1 (Photographing Snowflakes)

Damon Gough transcends his Mercury-infused roots with a clever, well-thought album that sits as his best yet

It’s been a decade since Damon Gough won the Mercury Music Prize and nobody knows better what a blessing and a curse that can be. Guilty of knocking underdeveloped material out one minute and trying to be too clever the next, ‘It’s What I’m Thinking…’ is surely the most focused and mature record of his career. Pretty songs, sporadic strings, with his voice swimming in echo, it’s a lovely autumnal feel. Being a hirsute scruff no longer cuts it with Susan Boyle on the scene and Damon knows it. Badly Drawn Boy’s fallow years look to be behind him.

Jeremy Allen

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7 / 10

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