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Phil Vincent: Hypocrite
Phil Vincent - Hypocrite Music Review

Phil Vincent: Hypocrite

Melodic Hard and Heavy Rock

While Phil Vincent has been around for a millennia, or so it seems, he seems mostly to fly under the music universe radar. If anything, he's not only a proficient vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, but also a prolific songwriter. He's created songs for his bands Circular Logik, Cranston, D'Ercole, and Tragik (the albums have a hot babe on the cover), but also his own solo career. This month Vincent arrives with his 21st (yeah, you read that right) solo studio album Hypocrite.

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As is his custom, Vincent offers a variety of tunes with different styles, yet the larger genre context is still AOR melodic hard rock. Also, excepting some drum and lead guitar work, Vincent sings and plays every other possible instrument, including kazoo. Just kidding on that one. Put together you can expect a Vincent song to be loaded with melody, harmony, groove, and then rock out with plenty of vibrant guitar work.

With this in mind, it's best to move on and give you a sampling of the aforementioned song variety. The album roars at the start with bold heavy metal rock Broken number, perhaps the heaviest song here. But then it's followed by a milder AOR sound of the seven minute Back In The Day, with its lingering piano line. What Might Have Been draws out that piano line a bit more for a tidy upbeat rock that has nearly a dance groove. That disco feeling comes back with the synth and bass groove of Never Enough. Riff rockers return with Nobody's Gonna Miss You, Long Way Down, and Hypocrite, with its stiff raw riffs. Something of an arena anthem arrives with Time Will Tell, turning on thick guitar harmony, a big bass line, and a forceful refrain. Throughout the album, you'll hear some killer guitar solos from Vincent, but also Vince O'Regan and Peter Cox. Needless to say, Hypocrite finds the multi-talented Phil Vincent in fine form delivering another solid album of his melodic hard and heavy rock. Recommended.

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Hypocrite finds the multi-talented Phil Vincent in fine form delivering another solid album of his melodic hard and heavy rock. Recommended.

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