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Vincent, Phil - 2010 Controlled Insanity

ARTIST: Vincent, Phil
ALBUM: Controlled Insanity
LABEL: Phil Vincent Music
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Phil Vinvent


LINEUP: Phil Vincent - vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, bass, keyboards, drums

Steven Albanese, William Roux, Peter Walsh - lead guitars * Peter Walsh - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 On Your Own * 02 Waiting * 03 Why * 04 Carry On * 05 Something About You * 06 Life Goes On * 07 Part Of Me * 08 More Than Nothing * 09 Should Have Known Better * 10 Tell Me Again * 11 Controlled Insanity



Longstanding melodic rocker Phil Vincent has been a regular attendee at the house of Glory Daze. We recall those very early efforts going back to the mid 90's and the gradual refinement of his music right up until the current day. 2008's 'Passion And Pain' was a very good effort, and there's no let up Phil's latest 'Controlled Insanity'. On the inside album cover you see Phil trussed up in a straight-jacket, but I would suggest the title also refers to the madness of our current world society. Controlled insanity indeed! Again, Phil brings in the same group of players that appeared on 'Passion And Pain', the whole album a lot more hard rocking than the recent Tragik release.

The Songs
Typically we get a mixture of hard out rockers, mid-paced affairs and the occasional ballad. Getting off to a fiery start, 'On Your Own' features some heavy riffing among the introspective lyrics. Guitars and synths compete for your attention as 'Waiting' pushes its way through. Love the guitar crunch/tone on 'Why' which reminds me of Vicious Rumours, this one is a blistering rocker. 'Carry On' moves into power ballad territory, combining piano sections, and an extended guitar solo. It's the longest track on the album at a touch over 8 minutes. The very Boston like 'Something About You' is thoroughly likeable, as is the very synth laden 'Life Goes On'. The riffs are suitably heavy for 'Part Of Me', though the song also has some nice synth/keyboards through the chorus. 'Should Have Known Better' contains a bouncy piano line, whimsical in places but not totally. Sort of like Brian McDonald, but this one rocks a bit harder than Brian's stuff. The closer and album title 'Controlled Insanity' is the musical equivalent thereof. There are some strange passages befitting the title so that's no surprise. Lots of phasing going on at the start, then some funky synth bass along with some classic rock guitar soloing stolen straight from the early 70's. It sorta sounds like a demo that's been souped up and run off a sequencer.

In Summary
'Controlled Insanity' follows nicely in the footsteps of 'Passion And Pain', and is equal to that effort. A good solid album that continues Phil's trend toward making melodic rock music with a few twists and turns.

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#1 | swazi on October 30 2011 19:59:48
Hmmm ..., I didn't even know this one existed. I guess I have to look out for it. Actually the last one I bought was "Tragic". I thought they all started to sound a little "samey".
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