If it seems that a long time has passed since Merz AKA Conrad Lambert released his first album, that's probably because it really has been six years for fans to wait for the follow-up. That eponymous debut brimmed with ideas and offered the first glimpse of a very unique and emotive singer. The apparent lack of activity could possibly be a factor in 'Loveheart' being available by download only. It's fair to say that the production is noticeably less ambitious but at least the talent and the voice remains intact. The ballad quotient is understandably high; 'My Name Is Sad And At Sea' captures Lambert's vocal at its most cracked and lovelorn whilst 'Mystic Transformation' is spiritual and effortlessy moving. 'Warm Cigarette Room' maintains a level of intimacy but it's the slightly cheesy but ultimately infectious harpischord on 'Dangerous Heady Love Scheme' which lingers longest in the memory. If there's one criticism of the record it's that there aren't quite enough of these individualist and inventive touches to match its predecessor but we should be grateful just to hear that wonderfully expressive voice once more.