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Twenty-year-old Southend native Sam Duckworth is the 90-pound weakling behind the Superman-styled alias, but there’s nothing remotely weedy about Get Cape’s debut album. Home-recorded, mostly self-produced and largely written during his exhaustive gigging across the length and breadth of the land, it necessarily reflects Duckworth’s experiences: sleeping on strange floors, getting drunk with fans, and dealing with the odd, unenlightened soul challenged by his ethnicity (Duckworth is part Burmese).

The result is a direct and impassioned batch of songs that match his acoustic guitar-driven, unforced confessionalism with skittery broken beats and the occasional brass motif, keyboard line and string arrangement. Billy Bragg is obviously an influence – and Duckworth’s voice has a similar yearning tone – but Get Cape belongs to The Libertines’ generation, so his protests are low-key and personally expressed rather than politically explicit. He’s not beyond the odd self-referential joke, however: “This song is more than a self-indulgent rant,” he sings in Part One of the title track, over harried guitar and parping brass. Really, it’s not a criticism he need worry about.

Sharon O'Connell 07 September 06
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. - The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager, released 11 September 06 on Atlantic.
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Get your Cape and Fly! post 5
comment by David Thair    Oct 3, 2006
Last time I saw him his laptop was broken, which detracted from the experience somewhat.
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comment by badgirlswirlgirl    Oct 3, 2006
I bought the album the other day too and have been listening to it all week. He played near me last night but unfortunately it was sold out. If you manage to see him though, on the tour you should, hes really great live.
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comment by John McBride    Oct 3, 2006
Brought the record over the weekend and have to day that i was so inpressesed with all the tracks.
It shows that real talent does not come reality shows but a lot of hard work.
Great work
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Get your Cape and Fly! post 2
comment by badgirlswirlgirl    Sep 11, 2006
Sorry spelling mistake in the title there!
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comment by badgirlswirlgirl    Sep 11, 2006
So glad to see a feature on Get Cape this week, its seems I'm slowly falling in love with him. I saw him at Dot to Dot back in May and it took me a while to be won over but now I'm totally smitten. I find his music extremely catchy but also touching in certain tracks. The album should be a good one and I request anyone to go and check him out. Also to persist because you might not like him straight away..
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