This five-song EP is the second release from Germany's Lily of the Valley. Reduced to a trio, they are aided by session musicians, most notably violinist Miko Mikulicz, whose contribution adds a slight folky element. Unlike their debut, Shine On, which at times possessed a folk-rock identity, this recording leans more toward the intelligent pop end of the spectrum. "Deep" is a pseudo-reggae number, but the remainder of these songs are introspective and textured pieces bordering on melancholy that display the growth this band has undergone, both as musicians and songwriters. Particularly noticeable is the acoustic guitar playing of Daniela Kaul, which now has a voice of its own rather than the innocuous strumming as heard on Shine On. This is an appealing and mature second effort by this band. Too bad this is only a five-song EP and not a full album.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Sleger