Sadly, Skin’s return didn’t last for long. Reunited after an absence of 11 years at the 2009 Download Festival by personal request of head honcho Andy Copping, and having returned again this summer, the quartet have been unable to reconcile the demands of running their own affairs with careers built since a dissolution in 1998.
Beginning with the welcome call of Good To Be Back, the self-financed Breaking The Silence celebrates their reconnection, also touching upon the mid-existence states of its participants via Stronger, The Book Of Your Life and Indestructible. This mat sound cloyingly sentimental, but having notched six Top 40 singles first time around – notably Look But Don’t Touch, with it’s cry of “Baby, Baby, Baby!” Skin still pen first-rate hook laden anthems.
The rabble rousing finale of Born To Rock ‘N’ Roll proffers hope that a vocal talent as under-rated as Neville Macdonald won’t be silenced for good by Skin’s demise.
Score: 8 out of 10
Review ©2010 Future Publishing Limited. Reprinted from Classic Rock Issue 150, October 2010.