Fireworks 2010 review of Tragik

The june/july edition of Fireworks Magazine discussed the We Alll Turn To Dust album from Tragik:


Tragik is one of Phil vincent´s bands and at the time of their first album back in 2005 I´d assumed that it was a vehicle for some of Vincent´s harder edged songs. Five years later and with album number three the difference is much less obvious with more guitars and less keyboards creeping into Phil´s solo albums and more variety on this Tragik disc. With all but one song credited to all three members, this time Phil has dropped the guitars and handles vocals, bass and keyboards, Dirk Phillips is the drummer and also plays some keyboards, and all the guitars are courtesy of Damian D´Ercole, who this time doen´t play bass. Musical chairs anyone?

All I can say about WATTD is that it´s more varied than Outlaw and continues the growth in terms of quality. It kicks off with piano and keyboards before turning into a densely layered tuneful intrumental that would have taken Tom Scholz five years to record. You get the usual catchy guitar based hard rock songs like Jaded and Black and White, but a lot of the rest of the album is pretty unpredictable. Shadows of Loneliness for instance starts life as an upbeat rocker and ends with all the other instruments dropping out to leave two minutes of orchestral keyboard swathes. Similarly Long Way From Home is Boston-esque melodic rock with layers of keys and guitar harmonies that unexpectedly speeds up in the middle. Giving In is another straight ahead rock song that bursts into staccato guitar and piano chords like Toto sometimes do, whilst the cool and laidback At The Shore has a King´s X way of building up to the end.

Throw in other memorable tunes like the moody Can´t Find The Words (great drums and atmospheric keys) and the Enuff Z´nuff power pop of Before It´s Gone and the job is already done. However, I didn´t really expect the more complex, almost progressive Nothing, which closes the album in a flash of brilliance, to be so different to everything that´s gone before. When I first heard it I had to dig out Kee Marcello´s Melon Demon Dive album to get the same effect.

With a powerful and clear sound and such a varied colelction of songs, Tragik have built on the best bits of the previous two records and thrown in a few left field ideas that all work in one way or another, and Phil Vincent´s assured vocals help to give the different styles a single identity so that the album holds together. Another one for your shopping list.


Phil Ashcroft

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