Review: Badly Drawn Boy

Badly Drawn Boy
“Have you fed the Fish?”
(XL Recordings)

Although boasting the appearance of a hand-waving indie rocker, Badly Drawn Boy is a sophisticated pop rocker. Employing a touch of the lo-fi and sense of humor, Badly Drawn Boy is a pop artist with street style. Now reaching a new tier of popularity, Badly Drawn Boy offers “Have you fed the Fish?” as commentary of moving in the world of celebrity. Rather than being a salacious and psychological “The Wall”, it is a string of orch-pop about remembering the little things and the reflection that comes with fame. Featuring more guitars than previous albums, this is still a hip album with plenty of piano and under-produced songs that will go over well with fans of Ben Folds Five and Of Montreal.