A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns
by Andrew DuBois

"Swirliesque" would aptly describe the Lilys if only they were a little more "out there." As it stands, "Lillyesque" will have to suffice - a fine adjective, for on this six-song EP, the Lilys offer five specimens of pretty-pop-with-an-edge (and "Evel Kenievel," an uninteresting attempt to be out there). The droning basslines might make the edge dull, but not necessarily the music; they justly compliment the vocals, which never betray enough emotion to bring them out of the muddy mix. The guitars flail their way through the anchor-heavy rhythm section and wrap themselves around a singer who doesn't seem to care how badly he's been hurt. "Ginger," the opening track, is an exquisite example of the genre that I'm sure exists to describe this sort of music. The other songs follow suit, though, aside from "jenny and lew and me," not quite as successfully. Displaying the caution of a person who has been let down once too often, the Lilys shy away from risks. No complaints here. You've heard it all before, just like you've heard a significant other say "I love you" before - which is to say, it might still matter.

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