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Second Skin

The Mayfield Four

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Album Review

Spokane hard rock band the Mayfield Four has been through career travails since the release of their debut album, Fallout, in 1998, and it's hard not to read those troubles into the themes of the songs on their second full-length disc, Second Skin. First, despite the band's extensive touring in opening slots for major bands, Fallout failed to reach the charts. Then, rhythm guitarist Craig Johnson dropped out, leaving the "four" as a trio. (Guitarist Alessandro Cortini has been filling in on the road and appears in the band's publicity photos, probably to avoid confusion, but he is not on this album.) It is perhaps no wonder, then, that Second Skin is full of songs about struggle and perseverance. Nominally, romantic troubles are usually blamed, but songwriter Myles Kennedy often sounds like he has other things on his mind, notably in "Carry On," "Backslide," "Flatley's Crutch," and "Believe," all of which contain exhortations to stick things out. There are times when Kennedy actually does seem to be singing about romance, though. "Mars Hotel," a tale of love lost, has a good, catchy chorus that gives it the potential to be a hard rock hit on the order of Fuel's "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)," for example, and "White Flag," a surrender to love, is one of the album's few ballads. Often, Kennedy's lyric sentiments are at odds with the band's metallish sound, with the music carrying a more aggressive import than the words. The Mayfield Four display a determination to keep at it on Second Skin, and there are several possibilities for radio play, which is good, since they're going to have to show some sales potential for Epic to remain interested.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good effort...

If it wasn't for Slash's solo album, I'd have never heard Myles Kennedy's voice. It's opened my eyes (and ears) to his other efforts. I found Alter Bridge (Myles' current band), who are incredible and from there... found Mayfield Four.
The album is a solid effort from the group, particular favourite being "backslide". Well worth a listen, if just for Myles' voice.

A must for all Myles Kennedy and AB fans

Like most Alter Bridge/Myles Kennedy fans in the UK....had not heard of Myles in Mayfield Four as not released over here but both MF4 albums are fantastic.Take a listen...you will not be disappointed.

Hardish rock but appeals to everyone

This album is just amazing!! I was looking for really great unknown bands that haven't been recognised in the u.k and I came across this and I'm glad I did :) great listen and seriously worth the download :) there different to bands in there genre so don't just generalise, just give it a go !

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Spokane, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Alterna-rock group the Mayfield Four formed in Spokane in mid-1996 around vocalist Myles Kennedy, guitarist Craig Johnson, bassist Marty Meisner, and drummer Zia Uddin. Influenced by the silky Motown soul of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, as well as the aggressive groove of Led Zeppelin, the group signed to Epic Records and recorded the live EP Motion, released in late 1997. In May of the following year, they released their debut album, Fallout, then went on a 15-month promotional tour opening for...
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Second Skin, The Mayfield Four
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  • £6.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 26 June 2001

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