Patrick Quillan - Heroes

Wednesday 1st December 1999
Patrick Quillan - Heroes

RATING 4 4 4 4
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Patrick Quillin is a nutritionist and singer/songwriter/guitarist. He actually looks a bit like Clint Eastwood on the cover but that's where any resemblance between Patrick and anything heroic ends. The album sounds home-produced with synth backing tracks, a bit of electronic percussion combining with his evident guitar skills, but where things go really wonky is the addition of his countrified voice which seems disembodied from the rest of the recording. Subtitled, "music to help bring out the divinely planted hero in all of us", this album is intended as an inspiration but it's a struggle to get beyond the musical deficiencies to catch the message within. The humorous "Pharmacy Blues" connects with me because of his sense of humour and the two instrumental "Catalina" and "Aging" are nice enough, demonstrating Patrick's undoubted musical skills. It's just that generally when he opens his mouth to sing, the weaknesses of this recording come to light.

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