French metal site Metal Integral have published a review on Tainted. You can read the original here, but for those not fluent in French, here an English tranlation:
Melodic rock destabilizing at first listen
Tragic, the feeling that crossed my mind listening to the second title Not Over You (Listen) of more than nine minutes. But what do these electronic drum loops come to do in a melodic rock album? Destabilizing at first listen because I find myself immersed in a pop atmosphere, limit dance or disco, fortunately that very good soli come to remind me that TRAGIK plays hard rock!Confusing, really, even if the main melody ends up seducing. This is all the more surprising as the opening song Welcome Backwas imbued with a seventies sound to theWHITESNAKE ...
TRAGIK likes to vary the pleasures, even taking big risks. In addition, this American trio plays the visual map by displayingplaymates everywhere even inside the digipack . OK for a sexy wallet but here I find the approach too much ! No worries to enter the top 10
most hot pockets ...
In the positive, Phil VINCENT sings rather well, I think Michael SWEET of STRYPER including Can not Take It Back . With USinfluences like DOKKEN orWINGER , TRAGIK manages to find unstoppable melodies in the image of Into The Great Unknown with a chorus AOR chorus and simplistic keyboards but placed precisely. Face Of Sorrow shows a tougher face and is part ofTainted's success . The content of this disc is however random in quality, the good ( Nobody's There or the energetic Taintedand his superb guitar parts) alternating with the passable ( 'Til I See You Again , Regrets , Heaven). For a seventh record and therefore some experience of musicians (guitar parts are often sublime as the solo of Out Of Nowhere ), I note a lack of homogeneity and consistency of all of these 60 minutes that become a little long ...
Phil VINCENT : vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and
Damian programming by ERCOLE : guitars
Dirk PHILLIPS : drums
Reviews for Tragik's recent album Tainted keep coming in! Here a few of them:
Brian McGowan calls Phil the insider's AOR hero, so that is quite the compliment in a way. Read his thoughts on the album here. Thank you Brian for your positive review!
Paul Woodward, a.k.a. Woody also gave his view on the album. He says that ‘Tainted’ continues Vincent’s trend of producing solid and enjoyable melodic rock albums and if you’re a fan of Vincent or any of his projects then this will be another welcome addition to your collection. Read his full review here.
And last but not least Stuart Hamilton, or Mr. H., tells us this is "it’s another enjoyable release for those of who grew up with this kind of music". He inluded his thoughts in a roundup with a.o. Joe Satriani, so you get something to read here.