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Josh Phillips

New Beginnings

Review by Gary Hill

This is generally in the vicinity of modern pop rock. There are variants within that scope, though. Some of it is closer to folk music, while other things rock more. It even wanders near progressive rock at a spot or two. No matter how it chalks up, though, this is effective music.

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Track by Track Review
Completely out of You

Energized pop rock with some folk influences is the order of business here. There is a bit of an R&B vibe here, too. This is accessible and fun.

Steal Me Away
A mellower cut, this has some country in the mix. To my ear it’s stronger than the opener. It has some more lush elements in the arrangement later. There are even some proggy elements on the over layers of sound.
A New Tomorrow
This modern pop rock song is compelling and effective. It’s not any kind of Earth shattering thing, but it’s just an entertaining tune.
Leave in Love
I like the guitar that solos around this arrangement. There is some modern country pop in the mix here. This is another strong tune.
Inspired
Starting with piano, this is a powerful balladic number. It gets some symphonic elements added later. It really gets into some soaring territory. This is arguably the best track here.
No Sleep Tonight
This energetic pop rocker has a great alternative rock vibe. It’s catchy and feels rather jam band like.
 
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