ALBUM: Sam Duckworth – Kingdoms

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Xtra Mile Recordings
Website: None available


Sam Duckworth is a man who seemingly has an incredible creative ability to write and release songs scarily quickly. In 2016, he released two EPs, ‘Digital Ghettos’ and ‘Beaches Ain’t Shit’, and a full-length album, ‘Baby Boomers 2’. For most artists, this is 2-3 years worth of material, but Duckworth is an artist that doesn’t do things by half measures.

Duckworth is mostly known from his formidable years as Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., the moniker of his inital solo project. This gave him scope to tour endlessly across the country, and become an inspiration for hardworking British musicians. Even after he decided to take a break and carry on to pastures new, his creative streak has never faltered.

After three releases last year, he has a new album ready to release this year called, he’s already kicking off 2017 with a new LP in ‘Kingdoms’, and, unfortunately, it doesn’t quite hit the heights of his previous efforts.

The album consists mainly of a strumming acoustic guitar and an accompanying electric guitar… and that’s pretty much it. The album lacks any excitement or imagination. It ultimately feels like it’s all been done before, and better.

There are, however, two stand out tracks on this record; ‘1986’ and ‘3rd Generation’. These two songs are proof that Duckworth still has a knack for writing songs with the potential to be mainstream radio giants. Lyrically they’re clever and heart warming, and musically they’re infectious and lovable. The problem is that from this point onward, there’s nothing really to write home about. Apart from these aforementioned cuts, ‘Kingdoms’ is unfortunately forgettable.

There’s no doubt that Duckworth is one of the most talented songwriters that the UK has to offer, and his incredible back catalogue is proof of that. However, with ‘Kingdoms’, it feels far from its full potential. The record was written and recorded at the start of this year, and it absolutely shows, it feels rushed, and that’s because it was, and ultimately that’ll leave it to become easily forgetable.

Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)