We have another batch of reviews for you:
- First from Spanish magazine This Is Rock. In their March 2019 edition they write this about Cranston - II:
Behind this pretty much warrior-like name hides a duet of prolific Hard Rock artists: Paul Sabu and Phil Vincent. Style-wise it reminds us of Sabu’s “In Dreams,” so if you liked that record, this one won’t disappoint you. The first three tracks are spectacular. “Always On The Run” is catchy and powerful. “What’s It Gonna Take” is reminiscent of Sammy Hagar’s best solo moments. And “Wrong Side Of Town” has a distinctive Celtic touch in its chorus that makes your ears prick. The rest maintains the level, though the impact isn’t as immediate. “I Wish I Had More Time” sounds a bit like Southern Rock and “One Track Mind” distils Sleaze Rock, while “Throwin’ Down” is built around a mastodon riff. They still make quality Rock.
- Next is Rock HArd (SK). Writer Erik Nadudvari gives D'Ercole's Made To Burn album a 3.5/5 stars and has lots of positives about the album.
- German site Crossfire hands a 8/10 to Cranston - II. They rank the album somewhere between Giant and Thunder and praise the compositions!
- From down under we have GloryDazeMusic. First review is for the latest Phil Vincent solo album Hypocrite. Writer George applauds the diversity on offer even when in his mind not all songs are as strong as the best the album has to offer. Final verdict is a 7/10.
- Second review if for the coming Legion album Risingegion album Rising. Here a wonderful 8.5/10 rating! With many songs regarded as highlights, so all in all a most welcome return to the scene.
- and last one for today is from Futch metal site Lords Of Metal. They rank Cranston - II with a 70/100.
The recent releases from Phil are getting quite favorable reviews! Here the next batch:
The next for Cranston was written by Mr. H. from The Rocker and reads:
The first CranstoN record saw Phil Vincent team up with Paul Sabu and I reckoned “If you’re the kind of persons who yearns for the likes of classic Aerosmith and Foreigner, albeit with a harder edged sound then this is the record for you. Now I’m not going to claim it’s up there with the classics but it is a very good album.”
Which saves me the bother of writing a new review for the follow up album as exactly the same applies to this one. There are a couple of variations on the theme with some boogie licks on ‘Always On The Run’ and a more metal tinge to ‘Throwin’ Down’. There are a couple of fillers weighing down the middle of the record (say hello to ‘One Track Mind’) but given the sheer number of releases that Phil Vincent and company punt out every year there’s bound to be some slips in quality control.
Strange to say, this time around, the best track is slightly anomalous as it moves away from the early eighties melodic rock into more seventies fey territory. ‘Wish I Had More Time’ is the tune in question, a lovely slice of acoustic pop which would have seen some US chart action circa 1976. Pound for pound I think this just shades the debut and is well worth a listen for fans of the genre.
Heavy Paradise give Hypocrite an 8/10! Their conclusion is that Phil Vincent rarely disappoints with his albums and "Hypocrite" is yet another strong sample of his really admirable career. Some killer tunes in it, great guitars, an overall tight sound with the necessary modern vibe and some Winger 'pinches' here and there makes "Hypocrite" a must 'listen' for all the fans of the modern hard rock scene (...and not only).
Then on to DangerDog reviews, again with a 4/5! The conclusion: 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.
The next fine review:
One of busiest musicians in the Rock scene, PHIL VINCENT is releasing his new solo album "Hypocrite" in a few days. Believe it or not, “Hypocrite” marks Vincent's 21st solo album, and that's not counting his works with Legion, Cranston, Tragik, D'Ercole, etc.
With each new album, this American multi-instrumentalist is getting better and better.
Vincent loves '80s melodic hard rock, and his Dokken / Winger influences are of course present on this new CD, like on the intense opener 'Broken' or the pretty killer 'Caught in the Act' - one of my favorites with its synths and broken guitar riffs.
Then, for some '80s style AOR, check 'Never Enough'.
But Vincent is an unquiet musician, and try something different as well.
There's a strong piano line in "Back in the Day" alongside the guitars with som kind of a Boston feel on this melodic rocker with an early '80s atmosphere.
Then 'Nobody’s Gonna Miss You' gets heavier with some Legion touch, and 'Waste of Time' explores some progressive arrangements.
For the end, title track 'Hypocrite' adds modern percussion and some electronics for a rocker with a bit of Sixx AM on it. I don't know if this works for Vincent, but kudos for the experimentation.
Phil Vincent continues delivering interesting material on “Hypocrite”. He handles all the music aspects, from songwriting and instrumentation to production, and he's cleverly enough to bring to his records some help when needed; all guitar solos are performed by the skilled Vince O’Regan & Peter Cox.
Strong, varied and interesting new album.
And last but not least for now: a 3.5 / 5 stars from Jason Ritchie at Get Ready to Rock. Conclusion: 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.
- the first one can be found on Dutch site RockPortaal. They have lots of praise for the Cranston - II album.
- Franch site Metal Integral go a step further with a blistering 17/20 rating for Cranston!
- Uk site The Rocker is critial on part of the D'Ercole album Made To Burn. But loves the other part: here the words:
Another record featuring insomniac Phil Vincent on vocals. Well he must be with the number of records he appears on. This one is the fifth album under the D’Ercole banner with guitarist Damian D’Ercole of that ilk.
Like everything that Mr Vincent does this is firmly in the world of eighties melodic rock. Now he’s a good singer and he’s written some good songs here. However, it’s the slower, more mellow tracks that come off best with ‘Out Of Time’ and ‘Open Your Eyes’ coming straight from the world of bands like Shooting Star. However things dip when they try to rock it up a bit.
That seems to be a production problem bearing in mind how well the aforementioned songs have come out but numbers like ‘Feel The Burn’ end up sounding like demo tracks rather than the finished article. So the mid-section of the album is a struggle for me but then and out and out AOR delight like ‘Only A Feeling’ comes along and all is forgiven. There are a few special guests along for the ride with Paul Sabu and Vince O’Regan among them. It’s half a good album but that half will be a treat for fans of eighties styled melodic rock.
- and last but not least a German one from Musik Reviews. This often very critical site offer a 12/15 rating for Cranston and say it is "Above average good, ultra-conservative and therefore surprise-free AOR or melodic rock of two absolute professionals in this field".