Album review: PHIL VINCENT – Hypocrite

PHIL VINCENT – Hypocrite

Rock Company [Release date 27.02.19]

Hot on the heels of the recently released second album from Cranston, Phil Vincent releases his twenty first solo album. Yes that’s right, 21 solo albums in addition to his work on the aforementioned Cranston, Chinawhite, Tragik and D’Ercole. Phil handles all of the instruments on here, with the exception of some guitar solos from long term collaborators Peter Cox and Vince O’Regan.

Plenty of catchy hard rock on offer as we have come to expect, none more so that the rifftastic opener ‘Broken’. It works really well and as one of the shorter songs on the album, packs a powerful punch.

His love of a decent melody shines through on ‘Back In The Day’ and ‘What Might Have Been’. The latter cleverly melding a piano and guitar riff leading into the chorus.

The title track is one of the heaviest he has recorded, however not overly taken with his thrash metal vocals on the chorus. At the other end of the scale is ‘Never Enough’ complete with a disco beat and synths, it could easily become a favorite with those who like a bit of guitar led synth pop.

Certainly not as instant as many of Phil Vincent’s solo albums, ‘Hypocrite’ certainly holds its own musically and is another enjoyable melodic hard rock album. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie


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