Born in the U.K. Album

Badly Drawn Boy

About Born in the U.K.

Born in the U. K. is the fifth album released by the singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy, real name Damon Gough, released on 16 October 2006. The album's title is a reference to Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 album Born in the U. S. A.. Gough is a big fan of Springsteen, citing his work as an inspiration for his music. Born in the U. K. was Gough's first album on his new record label EMI (his contract with his previous label XL Recordings collapsed in 2004) and is co-produced with Nick Franglen, one half of the acclaimed trip-hop/electronica outfit Lemon Jelly, another XL Recordings artist. The majority of the record recalls his 2002 album Have You Fed the Fish? due to its polished, heavily orchestrated sound. The album is a reflection on the artist's life in the United Kingdom. Gough wanted to "capture something about being British or English". "I want to stand up and say I'm proud to be English. And it seems that that right's been taken away from us for some reason… being proud of where you're from is part of being a human being". The album was recorded twice, the first having been discarded as Gough was unhappy with the recording. Worried that his second attempt at the album may again result in failure Gough attempted to "try to get a song out each day", which resulted in between sixty and eighty song ideas. Over 25 songs were finally recorded for the album, only 12 making the final cut. 


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