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About a Boy is the second album by English singer-songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough), released in 8 April 2002 under Twisted Nerve Records and XL Recordings, and in America under the short-lived ARTISTdirect Records, as the soundtrack to the film About a Boy. Gough was chosen to compose and perform the entire soundtrack.

About a Boy
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Soundtrack album by
Released8 April , 2002
GenreFolk rock, folk pop
ProducerBadly Drawn Boy, Tom Rothrock, Steve McLaughlin
Badly Drawn Boy chronology
The Hour of Bewilderbeast
About a Boy
Have You Fed the Fish?
Singles from About a Boy
  1. "Silent Sigh"
    Released: 25 March 2002
  2. "Something to Talk About"
    Released: 10 June 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut3/5 stars[11]

In his book 31 Songs, About a Boy author Nick Hornby lists Gough's track "A Minor Incident" as one of the songs that has had an effect on his life.

Track listingEdit

1."Exit Stage Right"0:21
2."A Peak You Reach"4:33
3."Something to Talk About"3:41
4."Dead Duck"0:45
5."Above You, Below Me"2:40
6."I Love NYE"3:19
7."Silent Sigh"4:44
8."Wet, Wet, Wet"0:42
9."River, Sea, Ocean"2:24
11."Rachel's Flat"0:34
12."Walking Out of Stride"1:48
13."File Me Away"3:23
14."A Minor Incident"3:44
15."Delta (Little Boy Blues)"4:00
16."Donna and Blitzen"4:19


Additional musicians


  1. ^ "About A Boy [Soundtrack] by Badly Drawn Boy". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  2. ^ Bush, John. "About a Boy [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] – Badly Drawn Boy". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  3. ^ Harris, John (June–July 2002). "Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy". Blender (7): 103. Archived from the original on 13 August 2004. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  4. ^ Hermes, Will (3 May 2002). "About a Boy / Chelsea Walls". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (5 April 2002). "Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy OST". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  6. ^ Hilburn, Robert (21 April 2002). "Badly Drawn Boy 'About a Boy' ARTISTdirect Records/XL Recordings". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  7. ^ Segal, Victoria (6 April 2002). "Badly Drawn Boy : About A Boy OST". NME. Archived from the original on 15 August 2004. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  8. ^ Haywood, Brad (13 August 2002). "Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy". Q (189): 106. April 2002.
  10. ^ Wolk, Douglas (9 May 2002). "Badly Drawn Boy: About A Boy". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 19 March 2003. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Badly Drawn Boy: About a Boy". Uncut (60): 96. May 2002.