HOPE IN A DARKENED HEART

"Producer Ryuichi Sakamoto's ambient muzak fascinations find a quietly classical companion in Astley's keyboard themes as a song after song gently recalls a vanishing innocence while never quite swelling into waltz-time"

Mark Cooper


"Layer upon layer of ornate sensuality, Virginia's choirgirl whisper, an almost quaint sense of its own place, something definitely subdued"

John Wilde, Sounds


"It contains lilting melodies, forgotten piano refrains, sunlight streaming into dusty schoolrooms, a secret garden filled with butterflies, and forever blooming petals."

Deborah Sippitts