Having thought his first album was very special and different, I was worried that he would experiment too much on this, his second, album. But no. Thankfully GCWCF manages to keep on board the fans who loved him for the catchy, upbeat, guitar-plucked melodies of `Chronicles' - heard here in `Postcards from Catalunya', `Window of your Mind' and `Find the Time' - while taking them in a different direction in `Waiting for the Monster to Drown' and `Could've seen it all'. `Searching..' is more polished and has more depth and complexity than `Chronicles' - strings often complement the guitar ( the `trumpets' (thankfully!) remain) - but this more sophisticated treatment of the songs adds to rather than detracts from the melodies themselves. Sam, apart from being a skilled musician, can craft a good tune and these form the backbone to a mix of themes which range from the political - the haunting `I could build you a Tower' (about war and weapons) and the latinesque `Children are ..' (about consumerism) - to the personal `Moving Forward' about the end of a romance, with many stops along the way. Duckworth's lyrics are at once poetic, simple - at times rough-hewn, but therein lies their charm - and archaic. They are complemented by a voice which ranges from raspy (at times almost raucous) on some tracks to heartbreakingly plaintive on others. Probably not as immediate as `Chronicles' this album is more of a grower. This may explain a couple of disappointing reviews, but then again maybe it is because Duckworth (22) is writing for people of his age and from his background and not for world-weary, middle-aged, middle-class journalists. I have probably played it around 50 times since I got it last week and I keep finding new things in it each time. I thoroughly recommend it.