Phil Joel - The New Normal

Published Sunday 29th March 2009
Phil Joel - The New Normal
Phil Joel - The New Normal

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 77575-15219
LABEL: DeliberatePeople ELE1483
RELEASE DATE: 2009-09-01
RRP: £12.00

Reviewed by Tim Holden

Previously the one-time Newsboys man gave us solo albums of acoustic-orientated music and children's songs but here Phil rocks out. From the distorted and feedback laden guitar intro of the opening "Shout" to the stadium filling but slightly quirky "Pink Elephant", this album shouts classic rock with the volume up at 11. 'The New Normal' is Phil's fifth solo album and the third that he has produced himself for deliberatePeople, so he really does know what he is doing and it shows. The songs are well written, musically interesting and with some deep and telling lyrics. And for classic rock this isn't in the least one dimensional, twisting and turning to throw in "Best Thing" that would not be out of place being sung by Girls Aloud, followed by "DWYL (Dont Waste Your Life)" which has a minute-long soundbite montage for an introduction. This is followed by "You Belong To Me", a beautiful, vocal heavy ballad reminding us that we belong to God, before heading back into more mainstream rock territory with "New Normal" possibly the outstanding track on this album. A rich album.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Reader Comments

Posted by Emily in United States of America @ 04:11 on Feb 5 2012

I wish they sold his albums where I'm at. I think I'm just too far away from Tennessee [like 500-600 miles]. :(

The opinions expressed in the Reader Comments are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms.

Add your comment

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.