Review by Woody
Phil Vincent is one of the most prolific songwriters I know, regularly releasing solo albums as well as with bands like Tragik, Legion and Cranston. No Place Like Home is the fourth album from D’ercole the band Vincent collaborates with guitarist Damian D’ercole on. It also comes hot on the heels of the debut album from Cranston a band with which Vincent works with AOR legend Paul Sabu. It’s an album I personally would probably say is the best overall album ever featuring Vincent, so if you haven’t already go check that out.
If you’re a fan of Vincent’s work, you’ll be more than happy with No Place Like Home which has a strong typical Vincent feel at its core. He does experiment a little bit in his song writing and the album is quite diverse because of this. It’s far brighter than the dark edged Legion, with songs having a lighter atmosphere to them which is more common to Vincent’s usual song writing style.
Vincent likes to write songs to form a single interlocking flow and story, it’s never a surprise to see these ‘epic’s’ on an album he’s attached to. On this album, it’s ‘Epic Failure’ which is essentially four different songs. ‘Take What You Want’ has a smooth chorus and chugging guitar riff which leads into the ballad ‘Never Again’ before kicking the tempo up on ‘Waiting For Your Love’ which has prominent loud organ keyboards. It closes out with a guitar instrumental which reprises echoes of the chorus to ‘Take What You Want’. I think each section can be enjoyed as an individual composition but it’s obvious Vincent has written these pieces as all parts of the same lyrical story and is best appreciated as a complete piece.
Opener ‘Talk To Me’ is a great opener and is one of his most commercial songs he’s written with an indelible chorus. ‘The Walls Are Closing in Me’ is a little bit offbeat and experimental but it is very memorable and has a really strong guitar hook. Vincent gets his inner ‘Beatles’ flowing again on ‘Stand Up’ it’s a little bit quirky in its structure but even evokes similarities to Chicago to me at times! I think AOR fans will really like the ballad ‘Dreamer’ which has a smooth chorus and a strong early AOR flavour to it.
No Place Like Home is another entertaining collection of songs that should appeal to the average melodic rocker but given its experimental side it’ll also intrigue genre fans looking for something that pushes the genre envelope whilst retaining the elements we genre fans need heavy doses of in our music – hooks and melody! A strong album and essential purchase for fans of Phil Vincent!
Track Listing: Talk To Me / The Walls Are Closing In On Me / Wake Up / Epic Failure – I) Take What You Want II) Never Again III) Waiting For Your Love IV) …and In Conclusion… / Dreamer / Got to be a Better Way / Stand Up
Album Rating: 8/10
Woody’s Essential Track: Talk To Me
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