Editors’ Notes On the title track that opens Badly Drawn Boy’s ninth studio album (and first in eight years), Damon Gough is getting back up and he’s ready to move on. “It’s time to break free from this plaster cast/And leave your past behind,” the English singer-songwriter rejoices over horn-filled funk, returning to the genre-bending experiments of 2000’s Mercury Prize-winning The Hour of Bewilderbeast and 2002’s Have You Fed the Fish. Gough, who went through an extended bout of soul-searching during his absence, exudes marital bliss on "I Need Someone to Trust" and "Fly on the Wall," taking a more pop-minded bent even as his penchant for chamber music remains present. The loose-limbed “Is This a Dream?” and “Colours” carry a celebratory tone, where he acknowledges his past mistakes as he recollects his thoughts. Even the more subdued moments, like the bossa-nova-tinged “You and Me Against the World,” play with a slow rhythmic groove as Gough opens his heart: “I feel so vulnerable/I want to be/Only in love.”

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Banana Skin Shoes
1
2:49
 
Is This a Dream?
2
4:08
 
I Just Wanna Wish You Happiness
3
3:34
 
I'm Not Sure What It Is
4
3:32
 
Tony Wilson Said
5
4:18
 
You and Me Against the World
6
3:35
 
I Need Someone to Trust
7
3:57
 
Note to Self
8
3:36
 
Colours
9
4:00
 
Funny Time of Year
10
3:04
 
Fly on the Wall
11
3:32
 
Never Change
12
3:19
 
Appletree Boulevard
13
3:07
 
I'll Do My Best
14
4:09