I disagree with the above review; this album is not comparable to the twee pop records around currently, it is much better than that. There is still the wit and lyricism, the slightly vaudevillian sound that is to be expected from a Duke Special record. However, there does seem to be something missing and I think this is because the sound of the album is far different from much of 'Songs From the Deep Forest', it's not as homely and welcoming. The sound is more stripped down (at least compared to SFtDF - there's still a lot going on!) and sounds sparser in the arrangments, which I find strange as I had the privelege of seeing the band with orchestra backing recently and the songs sounded brilliant with the full complement of strings.
The result is a record that doesn't have quite the same impact as the first, with the songs seeming a little more detached, more like a collection of songs than a cohesive album. Having said that, there is still much to enjoy on the album, such as the beautiful 'Why Does Anybody Love' or the upbeat first single 'Sweet Sweet Kisses' (which sounds a little like 'Portrait'). Quite a few of the songs are piano ballads, much like the album opener, and some of the others remind me a little of Van Morrison. By the Duke's high standards the album may seem a little disappointing, but it's still enjoyable and I think it's an album that will grow with more listens. 3.5 stars.