Phil Nankivell - Hand Drawn

Published Saturday 21st February 2009
Phil Nankivell - Hand Drawn
Phil Nankivell - Hand Drawn

RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 74552-13208
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Niall Dunne

Phil's debut album opens with "Your Love Is" which sets the tone for a fairly generic, uninspiring record. Too often the sounds are unoriginal. Many of the songs here have the most awful electronic drum beat, which is very difficult to ignore. When you do get past that though, the rest of the production values are not much better, with directly injected acoustic guitars limiting the potential live sound. Having said all of that, if you forget about the demo-quality production and arrangements and just concentrate on the songs, there is no doubt Phil can obviously write. But the release of this low-budget effort does Phil few favours which is a shame as he's clearly a worship leader with talent and potential.

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Reader Comments

Posted by David in Solihull @ 19:56 on Feb 24 2009

This CD has some really well written songs on it and demonstrate the potential that Phil has. I believe that this was recorded in a home studio and as a vehicle for his songs and musical skill provides a good window to his worship heart. It is true that some of the production on the cd doesnt have the quality of a full studio. However, if Phil had the use of studio facitlities that guys like Niall Dunne has then I am sure that the quality of his songs and musical talent would shine through. The CD has some catchy tracks and these work really well when Phil performs them live. Definately an artist to watch out for if you get the chance to listen to his work or see him live.

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