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Badly Drawn Boy

Born in the U.K. (Astralwerks)

A play on the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K." and Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.," Born in the U.K. makes you feel as if a window has opened to the insides of Badly Drawn Boy. The simplicity behind Born boasts an honesty that isn't bogged down by overinstrumentation. The songs are propelled by a quiet piano ("Without a Kiss") or delivered in almost spoken-word fashion ("Swimming Pool Part 1"). Even when there is the odd swell of orchestral arrangements, it is done purposefully rather than gratuitously. Born is a testament to this musician's noticeable maturation.

 
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