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“With "Valentine Circle", Lydia Salnikova delivers another finely crafted record. She puts in the effort so lacking elsewhere in the pop realm of late to make a timeless album of gentle passion.”
“Salnikova’s two solo albums — “Hallway” and now “Valentine Circle” — showcase her rich, beautiful voice over strong keyboards. The music is more pop than country (think ’90s star Paula Cole, without the attitude) with personal lyrics that take you along with the highs and lows of her journey.”
“Salnikova draws the listener in with an almost smoky quality to her music. The crescendos of her eloquent voice crash over the modishness of the piano – one key stroke at a time. Adult contemporary never sounded so good. It’s like Jonatha Brooke meets Jann Arden, spliced with the soulfulness of Carly Simon — that’s what you get from the former member of Bering Strait.”
“With “Valentine Circle,” [Lydia] has crafted an album of introspection and heart-gazing based on the cycle of relationships. Not every song is autobiographical, but even when she’s content, her art tends to manifest itself in melancholy ways.”
"[Lydia's] warm voice has an immediate recognizable quality. Both tender and at the same time such deep inner strength. When she places her hands on the keyboard, the sounds that come from her take on a life of their own, pure heart and emotion simply pours out."
"Lydia Salnikova sings with a panache that only an elite few even strive to fantasize about."
“The young lady has a simply golden singing voice, pure and clear and expressive, and she is a more than accomplished pianist, with sound musical instincts and an uncompromisingly personal voice both lyrically and musically.”
"The new disc [Valentine Circle] is classy adult-contemporary piano pop, pleasant and carefully constructed, with more hints of jazz than the rollicking world music Salnikova’s previous band [Bering Strait] specialized in."
"Lydia's voice is so smooth and compelling it draws you into the depth of every song."