Phil Lewis - Better

Sunday 1st December 1996
Phil Lewis - Better

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette EP

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

His last tape 'Demographic' was good; this 6-song effort is even better. The opener "Fantasy Reality" has an engaging lilt ala Elvis Costello which nags the listener into submission while "Stream Of Consciousness" punches home its hook over distorted guitar and tight bass and drums and "It's Not Like This In The Movies" has an acoustic pop sound a little like Phil's old Full Circle band. The lilting but short "How Long" asks God "How long must the children cry/Before we're all released?/How long 'til Paradise is within our reach?" and the tape closes with the Dylan-esque "Set Your Sights". An engaging singer/songwriter who seems to fuse retro and contemporary, Crowded House and Peter Gabriel to find his own quirky individuality.

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