Rick Kemp – Perfect Blue

Album Review | Fellside | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Pretty much paired down to essentials, the songs on Perfect Blue are delivered with little fuss, predominantly on acoustic guitar, with only the sparsest additional accompaniment. The former Steeleye Span bassist flexes his song writing muscles with a collection of self-penned songs, with the exception of Stars, written by daughter Theresa Kemp. Theresa also duets with her dad on the torch-lit power ballad “Somewhere along the Road”, which features the Ewanrigg Community Choir, a gig closer if ever there was one. With a CV that includes working with such illustrious bands as Jethro Tull, King Crimson and The Maddy Prior Band as well as producing material by folk acts The Johnstons and Swan Arcade, Rick has rarely taken centre stage, swapping his trademark bass for acoustic guitar. Rick tackles the songs with a confident voice, often going for the falsetto and overdubbing his own harmonies, which keeps it all pretty much a solo record, although he does elicit the help in places of such musicians as Doug Morter on guitar, Ian Kellett on keyboards, Dave Langdon on pedal steel with Fellside’s Linda Adams providing keyboard, whilst Paul Adams takes his usual place at the production desk.