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Quick-Tiques: Phil Vincent (Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday?)

Phil Vincent has several releases on his conscience. In 2019-2020 alone, he has released many albums with Tragik, Legion, and D’Ercole, and here comes his ninth (!) solo album. His solo album is pure melodic hard rock/ AOR. His solo album is pure melodic hard rock/ AOR; His other bands and projects lean in different directions (not too far, though). His solo album is pure melodic hard rock/AOR—a solo album in all senses. Phil handles vocals, bass, keyboards, rhythm guitars, and drums, plus he has produced and mixed the album. The truth is he’s very, very good at all of it! Vince O’Regan handles the lead guitars. In songs like “Flying High” and “Pictures,” I hear a bit of classic Asia and even a touch of Electric Light Orchestra. By no means mainstream AOR, but nicely arranged and composed melodic rock. My only, and yes, complaint would be I sometimes find the programmed drums a bit annoying. It’s worked fine in most songs, but in faster tracks like “Voices,” it’s too stiff, and you lose the swagger. The tune itself is a killer that would also have fitted nicely on the latest and outstanding, Tragik album “Faith Healer.” But, as I said, that’s my only complaint on an excellent album. I must also point out that Phil is a kick-ass singer who deserves heard!