It’s been four years now since the last Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. record, but it’s been over ten years since there was much of a buzz around Sam Duckworth‘s most successful venture. Since the release of 2006’s ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager’, Duckworth has released nine records and countless EPs through his various musical projects.
He’s a staple in the DIY attitude towards the music industry, one of the UK’s best songwriters, and a really important piece of recent British music history. Unfortunately, with his latest full-length effort, ‘Young Adult’, it feels as though Duckworth has burnt out, because it could be his worst release to date.
Opener ‘Adults’ is a typical GCWCF song with a use of a drum machine to add a more modern vibe. An acoustic guitar, Duckworth‘s voice, and a touch of synthesiser add layers to a simple track. It’s no doubt that he has a knack for writing lyrics that are relatable for the average man in the street. Unfortunately, this is one of the only tracks on the record that spikes interest.
From this point onwards the album is slow, lackadaisical, and, even though it sounds like a Duckworth type of record, it’s uninventive and downright boring up until we reach ‘VHS Forever’. This is the only track on the record that has any imagination at all. The fuzzy bass and funky brass section echoes back to the height of Brit Pop where Blur and Pulp would’ve been proud to release a track of this calibre.
Following number ‘Just A Phase’ holds a bit more energy, but, again, it’s nothing noteworthy. He does manage to rhyme “Nostradamus” and “pyjamas” which is no mean feat, but when you’re mentioning quirky rhyming words as a stand out moment on a record, you know it’s not very good.
Duckworth is known for his inventive and emotive music while covering topics such as race, religion, politics, and much more. All of these topics are present here, but the emotive and inventive music to go alongside this is just not here this time around. A lot of ‘Young Adult’ just feels forced and, to put it plainly, boring.