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Philpot - Hate Writes Better Than Love
To be honest, I haven’t got a clue of where to start with this review. The bio that came along with this album is truly impressive and if it wasn’t for the fact that I still had to listen to the music after reading it, I’d gave this band a very high score without even listening to their album. If you’re into the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Beatles, Oasis, Nirvana, Pearl Jam etc. combined with a modern yet classic sound, just take the time to read this impressive biography and be sure to check these guys out soon. Biography:  http://www.toucancove.com/artists/ArtistBioDetail.aspx?aid=35.
 
Now, you might think that I would worship Philpot after this intro. Well, not exactly! Fact is, I do grasp their qualities and I do understand that this might be(come) something great but honestly it took me quite a few spins before I really got into it. Production wise there's this kind of thin sound which is something I had to get used to. The vocals have this raw approach that resembles the style Kurt Cobain used to have although Kentz Ward does give his own unique twist to it.
 
Think what you wanna think of it, I just don’t have a lot of experience with the bands mentioned in the intro. Sure, I know quite some material of Nirvana and I do know some Oasis songs as well, but these are just small influences of Philpot’s music and therefore their music actually is something new to me. A style I haven’t heard that much before and definitely one that gives you an impression on how rock used to be years ago. What I’m trying to tell you, I haven’t got a clue whether this music does refer to the likes of Led Zeppelin or The Doors! But I do have a clue on what’s going on here; Philpot plays the kind of raw rock that, no matter your experiences, gives you a strong nostalgic feeling.
 
A cool thing about this album is that there are also some other genres involved. For example country, and even some reggae-like parts pass by. The more I think of it, the more I’m getting the feeling that Kentz Ward could be described as a country version of Kurt Cobain but with a strong approach to rock music. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.
 
Music wise though, there are not that much special features on the album except for the keyboards which are a definitive surplus. It basically comes down to not-too-complex rock music with twists of country/reggae but what really distinguishes this band, is without a doubt the vocalist.
 
All in all I had a very hard time to find out what score I had to give to this album. In the end, I think Philpot has done quite a good job on Hate Writes Better Than Love. Fans of bands mentioned above: go ahead and knock yourself out on this one!  
Philpot - Hate Writes Better Than Love
78/1001Details Toucan Cove / Universal Records
Released on Friday Feb 23rd, 2007
Rock

Writer @Boek on Tuesday Mar 20th, 2007

Tags: #Philpot
Tracklisting 01. Etc. Etc.
02. Got It In
03. Evil Has A Face
04. Fall
05. Sugar Thumb
06. Girls Don’t Know
07. This Nation’s Son
08. Same Old Story
09. Mean Mean Mean
10. Trouble
11. Drugstore Cowboy
12. Waiting In The Rain
Line up Kentz Ward – Vocals
Josh Kennedy – Guitar
Caleb Smith – Guitar
Tyler Evans – Bass
Arthur Ready – Drums
AJ Boone – Keyboards