Badly Drawn Boy–This Song

Not all short songs are a race to the finish.  Badly Drawn Boy used brevity to strike gold with the seemingly simple This Song.  Channelling Elliott Smith and Simon & Garfunkel, Damon Gough creates a sleepy, modern lullaby.  The use of echoing, layered production and a discombobulating stereo mix give a surprisingly psychedelic edge to what is essentially just one man and a guitar.  Gough’s third person lyrics give an otherworldly quality too, making promises on behalf of the song, not the songwriter.  “This song will be here when you’re old,” he says.  “This song will heal you from your soul.”  It feels almost like an incantation, imbuing the song with a strange power.  It’s a standout track that has stood the test of time, sounding just as current and urgently intimate as the day it was released.


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