Strolling on the web we've found this review for Tragik on über-Rock:
Let's talk about the obvious elephant in the room - THAT cover: It's not a great decision to lead with this artwork to be honest as the band are more in the line of Foreigner than some LA sleazy, sex-obsessed young band so straight away many would simply pick it up and assume it's something it's not and put it back down again.
Beside that, this eleven-track album isn't half bad. The sixth album from Tragik combines big hooks, thunderous bass lines and pristine production. The album encompass bands such as the aforementioned Foreigner along with Boston and they specialise in AOR/Melodic Rock all of which main man Phil Vincent has mastered in both songwriting and execution and while they can mainly be described as a melodic hard rock band they aren't afraid to expand slightly with tracks such as the McCartney-drenched 'When The Darkness Falls' through to the 12 minute prog rocker of 'Rescue Me/Rise To The Sun'.
Tracks such as the Foreigner-compared opener, 'Where Would I Be', litter this album and with the soft yet rocking voice of Vincent, it's an easy album to listen to and let breathe and radiate around you as they dip in and out of a classic sound that when done this good can rarely be faulted. If a track such as 'You Are The One' was written by a band such as Journey or Boston people would be queuing up to by this album so it's easy to see why this album has been getting some decent reviews.
It's far from tragic but the name and artwork (including a strangely provocative EPK on YouTube) haven't helped them expand into the bigger band they could be - and maybe deserve to be? The album itself is the stuff of a top band, the promotional tools used to aid simply aren't. Forget the cover, use you ears only for this one. A few small tweaks could really help this band grow worldwide.
To Pick it up: Rock Company
Brian from Midlands Rocks has written some nice words about the Cranston album. You can read the full review here. Some quotes:
- What they’ve done here, for the most part at least, is create an AOR album in a manner that will resound with genre aficionados.
- Producer, Sabu adorns most tracks – most notably, ‘See You On The Other Side’ and ‘Queen Of Pain’ with a cavalcade of punchy, dramatic keyboards and high-octane riffs
- The classy ‘Double Trouble’ (which rises to a vertiginous chorus) and ‘You Oughta Know’, a major-key stomp, stand out due to their clever use of call&response, using the backing vocal as lead, an old Mutt Lange trick.
- It all might be rooted in nostalgia, an homage to a time when the world’s charts and radios were dominated by bands such as Journey, Foreigner, REO Speedwagon and so forth, but most of the time anyway, it works.
Thank you Brian!
Cranston ‘Cranston’ (Rock Company)
Cranston from Rhode Island, USA is a band/project formed around musicians whom have already made a household name in the melodic rockworld. The band consists of none other than multi-instrumentalists/vocalists Phil Vincent and Paul Sabu as well as drummer B.F. D’Ercole. Together they recorded an album that musically is clearly sounding like a cross between Phil and Paul’s solo-records, so no surprises at all here. It’s sounding a little better than the last couple of records both gentlemen released, but still the 10 included songs are very cliché tingled melodic hardrocksongs that will definitely please the fans of Sabu and Vincent, although don’t expect anything new here I’m afraid. Not saying it is bad, because it’s all done quite well, but most of the material reminds me of a slightly weaker version of their past work when they started both in the music business and that sounded very sensational (Kidd Glove and Phil Vincent’s first couple of records). So if you’re not familiar with those albums, better start from scratch and leave this alone, but in case you’re a dedicated fan of Sabu and Vincent, then make sure to check this out at: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cranston22
(Points: 7.8 out of 10)