Call Me Ishmael
Label: Atlantic Records Uk
With the delicate finger-picking and lyrical confessions of the opening track, "Once More With Feeling," songwriter Sam Duckworth appears to be an astute student of Badly Drawn Boy's lovely, sulking British folk rock, but the full band on "An Oak Tree" and the sampled beat of the title track reveal his depth as an engaging singer-songwriter. A favorite comes with the song named for the project, "Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly." which, contrary to the wink-wink title, is a mournful, up-tempo heartbreaker set to ingenious programming and a crystalline Fender Rhodes.