Badly Drawn Boy - Banana Skin Shoes: Album review
Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) makes his eagerly awaited return with his new album ‘Banana Skin Shoes’.
And the opening title track packs a punch with blues, jazz, street and hip hop all thrown into one. It's a lot of fun.
The single ‘Is This a Dream?’ sees Gough pushing forward, yet again both musically and lyrically, whilst retaining some of his classic trademarks.
His ninth album, and first studio album in a decade, is touted as 'a truly personal and heartfelt collection of songs - a huge statement of intent and the most glorious, colourful warming, honest pop record you’ll probably hear all year.'
The track 'I'm Not Sure What it is' is a rousing, swinging ballad, that bursts with colour.
Meanwhile, ‘I’ll Do My Best’ is a nod to his failings, he says, 'a prayer to his partner and a lyrical tip of the hat to his hero Bruce Springsteen.'
You'll hear the Mercury Music Prize winner dipping into various different genres on this album and embracing them as only he can do.
The bulk of the album’s production was completed at Eve Studios in Stockport last year with producer Gethin Pearson, who also mixed the whole record. Damon had previously worked on tracks for the album with legendary producer Youth at his studio in London, Keir Stewart at Inch Studios and Seadna McPhail at Airtight Studios. The album's out on May 22 on AWAL.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall