Thursday, November 19, 2009

72. “You Were Right” by Badly Drawn Boy (2002)

I don’t know where I was on the night Jeff Buckley died, but I appreciate that Damon Gough included him in the company of the somewhat overrated Kurt Cobain and other actual legends such as Sinatra and Juan Lennon.

This is a very nice, touching song about all those things that Damon seems to do so well – namely, communicating sappy sentimentality without clobbering you over the head with it. The best songwriters assume some level of aptitude from the listener, but some, like Gough, seem to also excel at drawing out the obvious and building his songs around that. Badly Drawn Boy had some real up and down moments since the debut album came out ten years ago, but a collection of his best songs, like this one, is really impressive and enjoyable to listen to.

Listen here.

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