Have You Fed The Fish

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1 Coming In To Land 1:52 $1.49 Buy
2 Have You Fed The Fish 4:33 $1.49 Buy
3 Born Again 4:55 $1.49 Buy
4 40 Days, 40 Fights 4:09 $1.49 Buy
5 All Possibilities 4:08 $1.49 Buy
6 I Was Wrong 1:25 $1.49 Buy
7 You Were Right 5:06 $1.49 Buy
8 Centrepeace 2:04 $1.49 Buy
9 How? 5:32 $1.49 Buy
10 The Further I Slide 4:01 $1.49 Buy
11 Imaginary Lines 1:00 $1.49 Buy
12 Using Our Feet 4:24 $1.49 Buy
13 Tickets To What You Need 3:02 $1.49 Buy
14 What Is It Now? 2:56 $1.49 Buy
15 Bedside Story 5:06 $1.49 Buy

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And that's Damon Gough (aka. Badly Drawn Boy) in a nutshell; he could be called Beck without the gimmicks, bells and whistles, but more aptly should be referred to as his ultimate own man. HAVE YOU FED THE FISH?, the prolific BDB's second record of 2002, displays the linguistic mastery of a Swiftian wordsmith, someone who loves to toy with the language while understanding the value of restraint in a well-turned phrase, a wit which can exhibit the sharpest irony but also possesses the guts to write a song as breathtakingly sincere as the aforementioned "You Were Wrong/I Was Right," a song as beautiful and as achingingly clumsy as is the truest of love.

HAVE YOU FED THE FISH? opens with the most subtle of skits before launching into the title track, a 70s-style power ballad out of the Stephen Bishop songbook. The title track fades into crunchy, imploring angry indie rock in the Modest Mouse tradition ("40 Days, 40 Fights") which shifts into a swirling disco-era dance number ("All Possibilities") then disintegrates into an earnest epic, lyrically Dylan-esque love song suite ("I Was Wrong/You Were Right"). Incorporating something like seven verses, a whistled interlude, a synth solo and a couple kitchen sinks.

5 stars out of 5 - "...An album to grow with. An album to fall in love with...Genius confirmed." - Uncut