The self-released Life of Lily by Welsh songstress Lilly is an upfront and personal album from a decidedly heartwarming young lady. Like the matter-of-fact title suggests, these are straightforward songs about direct experiences from her charmed life.
The lead-off single, “Life Goes On”, showcases a charming optimism that can’t be misconstrued as anything but genuine. Lily knows how to keep things interesting musically, taking cues from Angie Heart (of Frente) by using the raw quirkiness of her personality in the delivery of each song. She properly plays the harping chanteuse on “Cant Help Who You Love” and digs into the particularly bittersweet melody of “Little Miss Sunshine.”
The first half of the record launches off with a deft and personal touch, while the latter half of the album slows into a piano-driven dirge, finally ending on a high note with the Enya-esque “The Flow.” The one constant is Lily’s voice and delivery. With her cute British accent and punk punctuation, she is a shoe-in for fans of Lily Allen.
The album works as a great calling card for the now-native New Yorker. It will be interesting to see where her roots spread in a city known for both classic pop and cutting-edge music. Let’s hope she can continue to keep it fun, providing more true to form gems like “Life Goes On.” Regardless, Life of Lily is a lighthearted debut that manages to get better with every listen.
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