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Searching For The Hows and Whys [CD]

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • ASIN: B0012RCWYW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let The Journey Begin
2. Waiting For The Monster To Drown
3. Young And Lovestruck
4. Postcards From Catalunya
5. The Children Are [The Consumers Of] The Future
6. Window Of Your Mind
7. I Could Build You A Tower
8. Interlude
9. Keep Singing Out
10. Moving Forward
11. Find The Time
12. This Could Be
13. Better Things
14. Could've Seen It All

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Searching for the Hows and Whys, the second album from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, finds young DIY pop star Sam Duckworth taking creative steps outside of the bedroom studio within which he wrote and recorded the entirety of 2006's smart, folk-tinged The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager. On production is producer/composer Nitin Sawnhey, which makes for a slightly fuller, more orchestrated sound. It's not at the expense of Duckworth's essential breeziness and light touch, however, which shines through on the likes of "Keep Singing Out" and "Waiting for the Monster to Drown", sunny concoctions of warm brass and skippy breakbeats. "Better Things" features a cameo by Duckworth's friend Kate Nash, although this one won't prove a crossover single, it being a melancholy number about a one-night stand, heavy with guilt and shame. Nor, probably, will "I Could Build You a Tower"--a sunny enough tune, but one which turns a sad eye to the Middle East, castigating "Islamophobes" and religious extremism ("But the gods they worship will never hear them call"). Weighty themes, but Duckworth pulls it off, just about: not just a studio whizkid, but a folk singer for our times. --Louis Pattison

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GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY Searching For The Hows And Whys (2008 UK 14-track CD album - Co-produced with Nitin Sawnhey and recorded at south Londons Spirit Dance Studios Searching For The Hows And Whys eclipses the scale and ambition of everything that Get Cape Wear Cape Fly has done before; in addition to tracks such as Window Of Your Mind and the single Find The Time which were road-tested during riotous live shows this year the album also features a collaboration

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Phase 15 Mar 2008
By R. King
Format:Audio CD
This album is a clear step upwards and onwards from the brilliant debut 'Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager' a fuller sound, with some great lyrics and as ever super guitar playing.
This is innovative and refreshingly different to anything else out there. Since making this superb purchase I have not been able to listen to anything else. It compels me to discover and understand more of what Mr Duckworth has to say on some real hard hitting and challenging subjects.
I would whole heartedly recommend buying or downloading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome album 9 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
a smooth blend of beats, guitars and a well tuned voice. easy listening is an understatement as you can easily leave this playing and enjoy it without it being 'in your face'. not my first choice in genre but i really loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album. 10 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got this cheap, having liked "Chronicles" (especially "War of the Worlds") and having pledged to help his new album be realised. Only played this once so far but liked it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent second album! 17 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
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.
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