BLIND FAITH - The Rule Of Right

Blind Faith - The Rule Of Right

13 songs
52:54 minutes
***** ***


This band is not to be mistaken for the short lived supergroup of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Ginger Baker back in 1969. The Blind Faith I am listening to right now are the project of Japanese guitar virtuoso Kelly Simonz (I wonder what his real name is...). Band is a vast term, as Mr Simonz more or less played all the instruments himself, and is also responsible for the vocals. As this is mostly a guitar album, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the sound is very 80ies like, reminding me a lot of Yngwie Malmsteen's better times. Especially the vocals are rather excellent, if you are into the more high pitched ranges. Respect to Kelly Simonz for this, as most of the time good guitar players turn out to be really bad vocalists and are therefore always in need of singers. Not so Kelly Simonz.

Of course there are also a lot of instrumentals, some regular heavy metal guitar solo songs (you know the type), but also some different stuff: on Desperado, Kelly Simonz is showcasing his skill on Spanish guitar, and Partita BWV826 is a classical guitar piece. Blind Faith seem to like classical music quite a lot, as the solos are reminiscent of Mozart playfulness.

What I don't like so much on this album are the lyrics that come in a very helpless English. It is pretty obvious that originally they were written in the Japanese language and later translated for the international market. Sad, because music is international, and it probably would have sounded more original in Japanese. But then we all know how close-minded a lot of people can be when it comes to languages they don't understand.

The Rule Of Right comes in the European release with three instrumental bonus tracks. Fans of guitar music really should check this one out, because the added vocals make it more interesting than the majority of instrumental-only guitar albums.

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