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CD REVIEW: Shane Philip - The Moment
By Bhasker Gupta - 02/17/2008 - 01:37 AM EST

Artist: Shane Philip
Album: In The Moment
Genre: Alternative Folk/Pop
Sounds Like: Ben Harper
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8.5/10
Commercial Value: 8.5/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
CD Review:

Shane Philip is a multi-talented artist, evident from the fact that he plays acoustic guitar, kick drums, didgeridoo, djembe and above all sings his compositions together with delicate precision and mellowness. Despite didgeridoo being his first love in instruments, he explores musical textures of other instruments with fierce loyalty. Swinging between folk, country, reggae and at times surf music, Shane delivers this well-fashioned third album in a quick succession to OM Cooking(2005) and Earthshake(2006).

The album starts with thunderous Didgeridoo sound along with guitar picking. Shane has been able to seamlessly provide various roots sounds all over the album. Songs like Good Morning, Seeing You & Work & Play have folksy acoustic sound and Same Road, Strange Noises & Smile are close to surf-rock. What’s most interesting is the fact that Shane has put in the Didgeridoo & Djembe sound in mostly all the songs without compromising the mellowness of this product.

The ballad songs Where the truth lies, Step Left & In the Moment calls for the laid-back mid-night listening – melodious and approachable. Shane’s voice resembles the adult-alternative singer songwriters like Ben Harper, Iron & Wine exemplified in songs The Situations, Deaf & Clearcut Issue. There are other highpoints in this album like spoken words in Push on Through and instrumental songs like Mocha & Serenity. The album closes with the two minutes performance of Shane’s favorite instrument - Didgeridoo.

Lisa Spizzirri provides vocals in where the truth lies. Mocha & the situation are live off the floor solo performances.

Track Listing:

  1. Strange Noises
  2. Good Morning
  3. Where The Truth Lies
  4. Push On Through
  5. The Situation
  6. Seeing You
  7. Deaf
  8. Clearcut Issue
  9. Mocha
  10. In The Moment
  11. Same Road
  12. Step Left
  13. Work And Play
  14. Smile
  15. Serenity

Genre: Adult Alternative , Folk Rock


Running Time: 60:00 mins


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