I don't know what it is but possibly my view of Chris's last recording (which, to me at least sounded like a sub standard Fox & Luckley) has now seen a change in direction that will surely do his career no harm whatsoever. Instead of the wilting violet he was back then, he has decided to opt for a more powerful form of presentation without losing his sense of `art'. Perhaps not full blown folk-rock, he is however upping the ante by employing the services of one of Hampshire's finest multi-instrumentalists (double bass, electric guitar, lap steel and mandolin) and all-round good guy Steve Hampton plus Alex Stack (drums) Todd Hooker (vocals) and my old mucker Garry Blakeley on a variety of strings. Ricketts ballsy vocals on the opening track "South Australia" complete with subtle `didgeridoo' (?) backing paves the way for what promises to be an enlightening experience. Helping to blow the cobwebs away even further with a very un-Fisherman's Friends inclusion of "Blood Red Roses" complete with its serious `kick ass' arrangement this track will doubtless prove popular with festival going crowds everywhere. OK, so the tongue in cheek seagull introduction to "Spanish Ladies" might be a tad too much for some `traditionalists' but if you want to treat yourselves to a thoroughly enjoyable romp through songs of the sea and shanties old and new this CD will more than justify parting with some of your hard earned shekels in this cash strapped world of ours.