In Time is a great pop-rock album, with lots of original songs and a wide variety of subjects and themes, but it is decidedly angst-ridden. Placed side by side with Neil Byrne's Sensitive Souls EP and his Pale Blue Jak album, Faces, Ryan's songs seem especially gloomy. I really love Ryan's "The Village That They Call the Moy", though I usually just refer to it in conversation as "that Moy song", but even this lovely gem is sad, talking to a guy who is from Moy and loves his hometown, but who had to leave Moy to find work. I would love a new Ryan Kelly album, whether it has any happy songs or not, but considering how several of Ryan's gloomy songs turned autobiographical after the fact, maybe if he writes a few new songs that are happy and hopeful, his life will fulfill those songs instead.
Ryan Kelly prior to his joining Celtic Thunder, I think it's safe to say that these past 2 years have been a pretty crazy roller coaster ride for him. 2 years ago today(roughly, since Amazon lists the release date for In Time as the 11th), Ryan released his first solo album, In Time, a project he was rightfully proud to share with the world. Since that day, Ryan has completed several more tours with Celtic Thunder, including one in Australia, and he has teamed up with fellow Celtic Thunder singer Neil Byrne for an acoustic set, which they have brought to parts of the US this past spring on their first Acoustic By Candlelight tour. Ryan also won 2011 award for “Top Solo Performer in Concert” from the Irish Music Association, and he was presented the award at one of the Acoustic by Candlelight shows.
What a Difference a Day Makes). Was he changing a lightbulb? Did he trip and fall down a flight of stairs?
What Happened To Ryan Kelly in June). And, if the saying is true, that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, Ryan's in great shape now and ought to have smooth sailing for the rest of his life. As another fan put it, Ryan scared the crap out of a lot of people, but so long as he doesn't do it again, I suppose he's forgiven. Whatever the next year brings, In Time is an excellent album that will continue to impress new fans for years to come, and Ryan has thousands of fans who will continue to have his back should any new adventures come his way.