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Bardowell, Philip - 2005 In The Cut


PHILIP BARDOWELL - IN THE CUT (2005, FRONTIERS)
Philip Bardowell - vocals
Tommy Denander - guitars, keyboards
Daniel Flores - drums


Background
Here is a guy who is fast going places. Philip Bardowell first came to the attention of many listeners via his association with the band Unruly Child. He appeared on their most recent album 'III', and impressed most punters who heard the album. Bardowell has also played with the band Magdalen, playing alongside current and former House Of Lords members. Not only that, but he was a member of the Beach Boys for five years, and was also part of the band Criss, featuring Kiss legend Peter Criss. He has recently joined forces with Tommy Denander, appearing on his fantastic 'Taken' album. So why all the fuss? Well simply, we have on display a rising star within the melodic rock scene, who despite his relatively anonymity up to now, has actually been in the game for some time!

The Songs
Bardowell's vocals are a cross between James Christian, Lou Gramm, and a young Glenn Hughes. A combination like that is guaranteed to get the man some vocal work anywhere on the planet! Only the three musicians appear on 'In The Cut' (Flores is the drummer for Minds Eye, Novak and Xsavior), but the sound is incredibly lush, helped also by a rich array of songwriting talent. In fact, 'In The Cut' was supposed to be a vocal project set-up by Frontiers Records, to allow a heap of unreleased songs by great songwriters to be recorded. However, the label changed their minds and put it out under Philip's own name. Though the majority of the songs are outside contributions, two are Bardowell's. These two are the fantastic title track, and the personal heartfelt 'She Will Never Know'. Elsewhere, the songs make for tremendous listening. Whether it's the piano laced subtlety of 'Voices Of The Heart', the Survivor flavour of 'Dreamin With My Eyes Wide Open' (written by one J Peterik.. hehe), or the melody rich AOR of 'Its A Long Road', you will find a few favourites here, and then you'll go looking for more throughout the CD.

In Summary
Whatever the case, be prepared to hear more about this guy in the years ahead. A wonderful vocal talent is on the rise.

URL: www.philipbardowell.com

Track Listing:
01 In The Cut
02 Through My Eyes
03 Heart of A Hero
04 I Gotta Believe
05 She Will Never Know
06 Never Too Late For Love
07 It's A Long Road
08 One Day In January
09 Dreamin' With My Eyes Wide Open
10 Voices of The Heart

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 11:57:51
A good one this and one of the stronger releases of the year.Starts off in traditional Tommy D style with the title track, which for me is the best track on the album. All the rest is good with 'One Day In January' & Jim Peterik's 'Dreamin' With My Eyes Wide Open' (sounds exactly like Pride Of Lions) being my other picks. OK, nothing groundbreaking here and it could have done with a few more uptempo tracks & more of Tommy's Guitar in the mix. Highly enjoyable and a definate keeper.
#2 | jeffrey343 on February 12 2009 22:35:01
Another one I just got. All the songs are really good, although 'One Day In January' lags behind the other nine to me. You can definitely identify the Stan Bush tunes (tracks 3 and 4), and 'Never Too Late For Love' sounds very much like one of Stan's (Curt Coumo). Same with the two Jim Peterik tunes (the last two), and 'It's A Long Road' sounds like a JP tune too (it's a Bobby Barth tune). I'll agree with Jez about the Pride Of Lions similarities. I can especially hear 'Voices Of The Heart' being a POL tune. Very nice album.
#3 | george_the_jack on September 14 2009 13:42:40
Just bought this one and it's really good! I think it is even better compared to the this year's 'Places of power' release.
#4 | gdazegod on September 14 2009 16:44:26
Many of the other melodic rock sites did not rate this album at all. Reading between the lines, it seems this CD was a whole bunch of outside writers pitching in with Bardowell providing the voice. As can be expected, this was NOT a cohesive and fully cooperative venture with Bardowell's 100% commitment. Seems like a label jack-up to me.. helpless
 
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