"Thunder from the East"
(Song Haus Music)
Fifth release within three years for the talented american artist Phil Vincent who makes all on his own, but this time he is supported by a real label. The opener "Friend of foe" is superlative, rich of keys and power guitars for a strong AOR song between White Sister, Foreigner and Harlan Cage; the cd goes on with the seducing hook-lines of the vigorous AOR "When love is gone" and the pompous atmospheres of the uptempo "Guilty", making Larry Greene & Co turn pale. "Eye to eye" may recall "Look at what you got" by Touch/Drive She Said, while "Keeping distance" is very similar to Yes "Owner of a lonely heart" main riff, but then it goes on pompous grounds, placing with the power ballads "Trying to lose you" and "Forever and a day" (in the Heavens Edge style) two more classy shots. The only track of a lower level is "Into temptation", a theatre-rock-style song à-la Robby Valentine, but as a whole "Thunder from the East" will drive crazy the fans of Harlan Cage, Drive She Said and White Sister. Buy it and try to get also the previous album, in particular "No turning back".
PHIL VINCENT - THUNDER IN THE EAST
SONG HAUS RECORDS 9.5/10
By Nick Baldrian
This is such a great album,that rivals any of this years aor albums like Network, Harlan Cage, Promotion, Jesse's Powertrip, Fergie Frederiksen etc, I think Phil's time has finally come, mark my words we are going to hear lots and lots and lots and lots about this guy. I mean take a look at his back catalouge - 5 albums in 3 years!!! Say no more!!!
Last years release "No Turning Back" was a slight dissapointment for yours truly, if comapred to his earlier work, but with "Thunder" and his new deal with Song Haus Phil is back on form, and then some!!! This is his superbly latest and greatest opus that continues his style, but thanks to his new studio the sound is more crisp, this album goes beyond an aor melodic rockers wildest dream, opening track "Friend Or Foe" leads Phil through an adrenalin - filled hard rock mayhem, with great hooks, "When Love Is Gone" jabs straight into the heart, listen to the church organ, which add alot of divesity to this brilliant song, a'la Duran Duran and Rick Springfield. Phil's vocals on this song are incredible,as song that will hopefully one day soon go straight into the charts."Guilty" opens up with some John Carpenter style synthesizers,this is a rousing selection of melodic rhythms,"Eye To Eye" is one of my favorite songs on the CD and has all the makings of classic hard rock and aor, this track has some blockbusting riffs and great vocals from Phil, that can match any of the big bands,"Keeping The Faith" floats along,"Trying To Lose You" is a killer piano lead ballad,"Fooling Yourself" starts off with some poppy keyboards and then gets into a Rick Springfield beat, a very MOR song, smart but not perfect,"Fooling Yourself" would make a great theme for one of those eighties teen movies, this song meanwhile takes on it's own sweet destination.
Phil's biggest moment to date comes in the shape of "Into Temptation".The church organs gets the vicars approval and this song is a strong spiritual balladic moment. Here Phil steals the show with his voice which is absolutely slaying me here. Another hit!!! "Forever And A Day" opens up with some rapid drum fire and then rocks out into typical rock by numbers, but this song is another sure fire hit with great melody lines and vocals."Falling From Grace" closes the album in a ball of fluffy aor that makes Phil Vincent one of Americas finest exponents. This album should sell by the bucketloads.
PHIL VINCENT - NEW TOMORROW MUSIC
Phil Vincent No Turning Back
(NEW TOMORROW MUSIC) 1999
MULTI-instrumentalist PHIL VINCENT is surely the kind of those one-man bands around. His expertise with all kinds of rock instruments makes it viable for him to write, arrange, perform, produce and mix all of his own good music!
Phil Vincent's sad melodies recalls Dare. There is no space for party rock tunes here although up-tempo heavy rockers like "Undone", "Never Enough", "Chasing Shadows", "No Turning Back", and "Code" are strong numbers that relieve the overall dramatic desolation expressed by deep, gloom and intelligent art. When I listened to songs as "Outcast" and "Game Of Fools", I noticed that he wanted to show, lyrically and musically, inner feelings like sorrow and pain, trying to share his sentiments with the listener. Actually, there are lots of words of wisdom on "No Turning Back": a disc surrounded by imperative neo-classical piano and keyboards, raw and razor yet melodic guitars, big choruses, and cool vocal harmonies.
Phil Vincent showcased a real epic pomp album full of Beatles like melodies here and there, mammoth synths and guitars interplay, and titanic songwriting. Witness some unforgettable lyrics that almost made me cry, but made me sing along! If the album No Turning Back had had a brighter production, it would have been a "must have". I'm looking forward to hearing from Phil Vincent's new CD shortly. In the meantime, I'll keep on flying high on world class songs like "Game Of Fools" and "Alone" (our MP3 track).
8.7 out o f 10 (Guilherme Jr.) To buy this CD