She smiles mischievously from the cover in the sixties, but the music of the tender Norwegian Maria Solheim is classical neo-folk à la Suzanne Vega in her early days. The "Sally Song" could also have been written by the American. But "Run Away" reveals the pop side of Solheim. This is innocent girlie pop, as Cindy Lauper formidably produced it in the eighties. The beautiful truth "Home Is Where The Heart Is" is announced so easily that it could have come from a British woman. Spanish guitar sounds to naive trilling. Then the powerful electric guitar in the following "Song Of Forgotten Songs" or the lively request "Dance With Me" hits you quite unexpectedly. But again and again tender acoustic guitar pieces are offered, too, completely acoustically as in the tearful "Can I See You Again" or as in the beautiful "The Break Up" garnished with a sighing cello. So diversity is definitely the order of the day. The final stage is a floating "Be Well", which is readily accepted after a short but highly entertaining forty minutes.
Top track: Sally Song