...But now, things have changed. Tragik’s sixth album bursts with a different kind of energy. Vincent has laboured for many years in the shadow of the great AOR originals, but that long apprenticeship is now yielding the kind of results that stand on their own two feet. The evidence is a batch of finely crafted songs, brimming with memorable melodies. Vincent turns it all – like the tautly stretched ‘Where Would I Be’ (a song that suddenly launches into an MOR chorus) and the appealingly plaintive ‘Someone’s Gonna Hurt You’ – into performance art, passionate, powerful. And on ‘You Are The One’ and ‘When The Darkness Falls’, he clearly knows how to do intimate too.
It’s no surprise that the music is derivative still – show me something that isn’t – so the real trick is in merging the past with the present. Vincent gets huge help from lead guitar guests Vince O’Regan and Peter Cox. To say their solos are perfectly pitched and beautifully measured suggests cold precision. That would be wrong. Both temper their axework in the heat of Vincent’s emotive, compelling delivery, adding a calculated bite and a metrical sting to his sweetly sturdy melodies, carrying their share of the load, creating light and shade. It would be difficult to overestimate their contribution.
‘Feed My Soul’ shifts the tone: It’s a long, deep rock’n’roll exhale from Vincent as he draws on AOR and grown up powerpop to stamp his songwriting authority on the music. ‘Smokin Gun’ and ‘Rescue Me – Rise To The Sun’ continue what at times seems to be a journey of exploration, here examining progrock to determine what it can add to the songs’ swirling melodic rock cadences...
Read it in full here to find out why it got a 8/10!
Also Gabor from Strutter is impressed:
Tragik 'Come and get it' (Rock Company)
The history of me personally reviewing Phil Vincent records go back 20 years in time to be exact, because already in 1996 I started reviewing his music. Now many solo discs later, several side-projects, his focus nowadays is Tragik, a band he formed with guitarist Damian D'Ercole, with the help of a few session musicians on a couple of songs. However, still Phil prefers to do everything on his own, which sometimes makes it sound a bit the same after a while. Nevertheless, he does a great job and opener Where would I be of the 6th Tragik album come and get it, released on Dutch label Rock Company, this is one of his strongest melodic rocksongs in ages. The following 10 tracks are a surprise, because this new album is Phil's best effort since his late 90s records. Highlights besides the excellent opener are the semi ballad You are the one, Someone's gonna hurt you tonight and the hooky uptempo 80s AOR tune When the darkness falls. As usual, Phil's love for women is shown on the cd artwork, so you have something nice to look at! Check it out for yourself if Dokken meets Stryper is your kinda melodic hardrock, more at: www.philvincentbands.com
Points: 8.1 / 10
Steve Sheppard of One World Music has written a fantastic review of the latest Tragik album! Some quotes:
- From the off we are gifted a superb rocking opener in the piece Where Would I Be, which has been likened to Foreigner and I can see why, but there is an extra level of raw power behind this song, the melodic quality of this piece is also well driven and very memorable.
- Fallen Angel is one of the most incredible songs in the hard rock genre I have heard for a while
- We now move to the piece called Feed My Soul. The pace of this track is ala Sammy Hagar mixed with a thudding Rhino Edwards (Status Quo bassist); the piano here is also a vital component in a really fine rock song, that at times floats into the territory of Cheap Trick. With great lyrics, a chorus that won’t go away, this is another totally sublime song from Phil Vincent’s Tragik, also listen to the guitar break at just over the half way mark, one word, awesome!
- One has to give a standing ovation to Phil Vincent for this album, Tragik as a band are quite liberating, they are melodic, but in no way could they ever be described as soft, they have power and intensity, but perform a perfectly balanced style of well-produced rock that still retains that raw edge that all good rock music must contain. In short if you have never heard of this band, you need to rectify that right now by buying this album, Come and Get It.
Always searching for the right label, Phil Vincent found accommodation for his sixth Tragik album with Rock Company from The Netherlands. The first things that caught my eye were the voluptuous lips (botox?) and the enormous boobs (fake?) of the woman on the front cover of "Come And Get It". Although I like attractive women, it's beyond me why she was 'used' for the cover. Indeed, sex sells! But what about the music? Well, although I warned Phil in the past for overkill, I have to admit that this platter is probably the best he has written, recorded, produced and mixed under the moniker of Tragik so far. We all know by now what a workaholic Phil is, but I guess he has excelled himself on this particular album. Eleven songs, written and recorded (in his Muzik Room) between January and October of this year, pass in review and there's something for everyone:
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Thank you Rock Report!