The second instalment from the Stephen Hero mini-album career is more a consolidation of the first than a change of direction. So the music once more is essentially a slowed-down , more mature version of his former band's work. But on 'Hamlet Was A Prince' he proves that the old magic is still there; it's awash with guitars as if it were 1990 all over again. Then Fitzgerald retreats to his currently favoured hushed tones and with the arrangements similarly muted on 'Night Fairy Guide' there's not much to get excited about anymore. Thankfully signs of a rebirth appear on the climatic 'Feed Me On The Banks Of The River Nile Afterlife' where Fitzgerald delivers his strongest performance for many years whilst the guitars are reassuringly straining to reach that dream world which our hero so clearly aims for. Given the similarity between the two mini albums thus far, though, it would have been far more sensible to merge them into a full length one.