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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Badly Drawn Boy at First Unitarian Church

Badly Drawn BoyBack in 2000, English singer-songwriter Damon Gough won the Mercury Prize for Badly Drawn Boy‘s debut LP, The Hour of Bewilderbeast. Ten years later, he is most often referred to as that guy who won the Mercury Prize back in 2000 for his debut LP. At 41 years old—and with five additional albums (including the soundtrack to the 2002 film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel, About A Boy) under his belt—Gough hasn’t done much to deliver on the promise of his first album. However, his latest effort, It’s What I’m Thinking Pt.1 – Photographing Snowflakes, is easily his best work in years. The first in what Gough says will be a trilogy of albums, What I’m Thinking isn’t exactly a return to form; it’s more a matter of Badly Drawn Boy moving in a welcome direction that would have seemed like a logical next step, say, six or seven years ago. Whether the next two albums in the trilogy continue in that direction or simply tread water remains to be seen, but fans of Badly Drawn Boy will undoubtedly find their wavering faith renewed for the time being. Badly Drawn Boy performs with Justin Jones at 8 p.m. at First Unitarian Church; tickets to the all-ages show are $25, with R5 Productions offering a two-for-one deal on tickets purchased here.