A welcome return for Seafood and in particular for frontman David Line whose serious lung problems saw him hospitalised for a number of weeks just as they were about to embark on a UK tour. Now recovered, the release of 'As The Cry Flows' follows up 2001's 'When Do We Start Fighting...', a gutsy indie affair which cast them as the UK's answer to Placebo. The new album is a more sophomore effort from the folk-tinged opening of 'I Dreamt We Ruled The Sun' to a version of 'Willow's Song' from cult horror flick 'The Wicker Man'. Granted, Line's trademark shrieking is in evidence when the volume turns up on 'Heat Walks Against Me' and 'Sleepover' but the sturm and drang of previous albums is sporadic. The new approach pays dividends on the lovely and languid 'No Sense Of Home' or on the chiming, see-sawing melody for 'Kicking The Walls'; these are the kind of reflective songs which a group can only produce after a few years of experience under their belt. It's just a pity the quality tails off as the album draws to a close but the more mature songwriting should at least open them up to a wider audience.