Kevin Ridley - Flying In The Face Of Logic

Kevin Ridley - Flying In The Face Of Logic

(CD, Global Music, 2011)

The name of Kevin Ridley was stuck into my mind when he stepped up to replace Martin Walkier in SKYCLAD. Although Kevin was part of the band I found myself in the verge of disliking him for taking the place of Martin who had done such a magnificent work fronting the groundbreaking band named SKYCLAD. Fortunately, I watched the band with the new lineup and quickly I changed my mind for Kevin who looked and sounded great in the new version of my favorite band. As a side note I have to say that SKYCLAD are not delivering the quality albums they used to but, you cannot have everything in life, can you?

So, after dealing with others’ music as a producer/engineer and still has his share with SKYCLAD Kevin decided to release a solo album and eventually satisfy his own artistic hunger. The bio sheet characterizes the album as ‘acoustic/folk-rock’ and I after many listening sessions I would not disagree. I was not expecting something different since this musician has presented his musical signature the moment he got the place of the songwriter in SKYCLAD releasing “A Semblance To Normality” back in 2004. So, the songs are clean guitar driven with catchy folk melodies and hearty folk sounds from bagpipe, violin, mandolin and other instruments I cannot identify. Most of the times the songs have a mid tempo and these mood-lifting melodies most of the metalheads love to have in folk albums. Of course, my favorite songs are those songs that sound closer to the late SKYCLAD era and bear the heaviest profile of all. “Eat The Sun” is a fine example to my saying featuring a driving melody, Kevin’s joyful British reading and as the icing on the cake a nice guitar solo that I bet an arm and a leg comes from Steve Ramsey’s fingers. In the same wavelength is -maybe the best song of the album- “Good Intentions (A Young Man’s Tale)” featuring a killer groove, very enticing vocal melodies and a chorus to sing along while drinking the best of ales. Apart from a very good songwriter Kevin has also proven to be strong lyricists. Take for example the lyrics in the up-tempo “(We All Get) Where We Want To Go” that I bet it talks about his own life experiences given with a smart collection of words. And I love having songs with lyrics capable of telling a good story taking full advantage of the British vocabulary and the nice ‘sounding’ idioms. Of course, I couldn’t say ‘no’ to the fiddle driven (bow to Mrs Georgina Biddle) “Still Lucid After All These Beers” or to “They Dance Till Tomorrow” that has some additional heaviness on top of it.

This is definitely not an album that will change your life or shook your foundations delivering something you have not heard before. But, it is an album with nice folk tunes and a SKYCLAD underlying layer for all of us we have missed the music of this band even though all the Metal character is left back in the “Folkemon” days. What is left to be said apart from the -inevitable- SKYCLAD references is that Kevin created a very good album for all those who like the folkiest side of folk Metal.





01. Flying In The Face Of Logic (Part 1)
02. Eat The Sun
03. Angel At Harlow Green
04. De Profundis (Back Home Again)
05. The Linton Flyer
06. Good Intentions (A Young Man’s Tale)
07. Point Of Departure
08. (We All Get) Where We Want To Go
09. Still Lucid After All These Beers
10. Which Is Why (2010 mix)
11. Knotwork
12. They Dance Till Tomorrow
13. Lost For Words
14. Flying In The Face Of Logic (Part 2)


Kevin Ridley - Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Sequenced Drums, Synths
Arron Walton, Paul Smith - Drums
Dave Anderson, Graeme English - Bass Guitar
Andy May - Northumbrian Pipes, Whistles, 'Squeeze Box'
Steve Ramsey - Electric Guitar
Sophy Ball, Tom Gregory Smith, Georgina Biddle - Fiddle