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Damon Gough is a cheeky fella. The onetime king of lo-fi isolationist pop has decided to change his approach drastically and start thinking big -- as big, as evidenced by the title of this expansive disc, as Bruce Springsteen himself. Born in the U.K. isn't a carbon copy of the Boss's epic -- the proudly British Gough doesn't have much to say about motorcycles, highways, or gum-snapping teenagers -- but it does go a long way toward transposing that disc's spirit. Gough signals his intent early on through the spectacular orchestrations of "Welcome to the Overground," which cartwheels along like something out of the original cast of Hair. Not everything on Born in the U.K. follows suit, but there's a striking attention to detail, in terms of arrangements -- ranging from the simple trumpet line that wafts through "Long Way Round" to the wispy layers of keyboard that envelop "Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind." Gough's skills as a social commentator are in full effect here, as borne out by the wistful title track, which distills the pop culture of the years around punk's initial explosion into two-and-a-half minutes, in which he decides Queen Elizabeth will ultimately be remembered far more fondly than the boys responsible for "God Save the Queen." And in case anyone misses the connection between Born in the U.K. and its Stateside model, Gough wraps up the disc by informing his fellow travelers, "If we still don't have a plan, we'll listen to Thunder Road." It doesn't get much cheekier than that.