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Articles Home » 2008 Articles » Vincent, Phil - 2008 Passion And Pain
Vincent, Phil - 2008 Passion And Pain

ARTIST: Vincent, Phil
ALBUM: Passion & Pain
LABEL: Phil Vincent Music
YEAR: 2008SPONSOR: Phil Vincent


LINEUP: Phil Vincent - vocals, all instruments * Michael Riesenbeck, Steven Albanese, Michael J. Sprague, William Roux - guest guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 New Way To Live * 02 Locked Up In Love * 03 Comin' Apart At The Seams * 04 Rumors (Parts 1 and 2) * 05 All Because Of You * 06 One Chance * 07 Keep Runnin' * 08 Top Of The World * 09 Will You Remember? * 10 Wastin' My Time * 11 Who Do You Think You Are? * 12 I Want You Now


WEBLINKS: www.philvincent.com

Phil Vincent has been around for awhile now. My first memories of him are his first forays into the world of self produced hard rock back in the mid-late 90's. A wealth of self-released albums, many on his own label, some on bigger labels too, and he's also detoured onto other projects too - most notably Tragik. I've been out of Phil's loop for a few years, and I really need to whack myself around the head with a feather duster for doing so. It's apparent that the intervening years has allowed Phil to develop his craft, perhaps more so than 'name' musicians in top bands who have to rely on outside engineers to twiddle the dials. You see, Phil does all that himself, and judging by the sound on 'Passion And Pain', he has become quite a talent. My older reviews of Phil's earlier albums seemed to focus on some under-produced aspects. There's none of that to contend with on 'Passion And Pain', a very likeable album with everything that a hard rock/AOR fan would expect.

The Songs
'New Way To Live' is very European hard rock flavoured. Play any Frontiers artist, and Phil will give them a run for their money with this superb intro. Love the synth intro on 'Locked Up In Love' (sounds like my old Korg DW8000).. A groove rich track where the guitars are layered thick and heavy. Very big sounding. Let's not forget the keyboard parps and effects deep in the background. Yes I heard them Phil. (I'm listening to this underneath a set of quality headphones). My favourite track here is 'Comin' Apart At The Seams', some searing guitar work, some great tapping keyboards, plus that classic lyric.. 'whatever's running through your head, really don't make no fuckin' sense'.. Had to laugh at that one.. sounds so familiar.. lol. 'Rumors (Parts 1 and 2)' is the 'opus epicus' on the album. At 6min 38sec, this one is quite pomp/symphonic, which will appeal to those of you into the pomp sub-genre in particular, though the sonic guitar solos give it a heavier edge. Nice track though. Ooh yeah, the guitars are cranking big time on 'All Because Of You'. The rhythm work has 'widdly diddly' written over it, with a big thick sound a la Zakk Wylde. The rotary organs are whirring on 'One Chance', giving it a Uriah Heep or Lucifers Friend feel, despite the slower tempo of the track.

Loads of spacey synths precede 'Keep Runnin', the track is a bouncy arrangement with equal parts guitar and keyboards and shuffles along without setting the headphones on fire. 'Top Of The World' is a rawer sing-a-long track which has a harder power-pop/anthem feel to it. I could just imagine Enuff Znuff doing this one. Good change up track. 'Will You Remember' is more of a modern rock sounding tune, probably not as 'classic rock' sounding as the previous tracks, but very contemporary in among all the other modern rock pretenders of this day and age. The riffs continue in a similar vein on 'Wastin' My Time', the whole thing coming off like Harem Scarem or Emerald Rain circa 2004/2005. Changing tack on 'Who Do You Think You Are', is a part ballad, particularly on the verses, with heavier angles being cut on the chorus. Admittedly it does get heavier as the track wears on.. the guitars shifting gear noticeably. Not that he is sounding desperate or anything, but 'I Want You Now' does have the lyrical suggestion of a modern day mating call. Instead, the track is a big sounding rocker with a (kinda) rap thing happening in amongst all the hard rock. Funky yes, interesting yes, a band like Mothers Finest could turn this into a bit of a sensation.

In Summary
Wow, all in all, some terrific tracks here. I haven't heard much of Phil's material since 'Circular Logic', but I'll go out on a limb and suggest that this is possibly his best work. As with the recently reviewed Tragik CD, the production is top notch. Phil - mate, you should get more involved in other production and engineering projects. Your sound has really developed into something special. The guitar mix is wickedly good, while the sense of atmosphere, drama and space embellishes everything. I like what I'm hearing, loads of passion, not much pain at all! Well done Phil.

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#1 | Eric on April 17 2009 12:29:18
Hmmm- a familiar name shows up in the credits. What's up rkbluez?
#2 | rkbluez on April 17 2009 18:01:57
I plead the 5th.hmm!
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