By Ljubinko Zivkovic, Rock At Night The Netherlands
Review: Nick Phoenix – Wide World-Release date April 29, 2022
Even when they are successful with their joint music projects, some artists still need time and space to come up with music of their own.
Nick Phoenix is actually a part of Two Steps from Hell, a very successful film music production company, which actually turns out to be the #1 streaming film music artist(s) worldwide. They stream more than Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and John Williams and Apple Music has featured them in the past. Their albums have been in the top 10 charts for film scores on many occasions.
As a solo artist, Nick started out with a hybrid electronic/orchestral album titled Speed of Sound followed up by a band outing under the name of Crater Mountain back in 2014. After the tragic death of his son in 2016, Nick dedicated Vanquish (through Two Steps from Hell) to his son only to come up with another album under his name, King of One in 2021.
One “Wide World” Phoenix, through his classic rock-oriented sounds, quite reminiscent of the Pink Floyd in their later phase shows why he has made such a big name in film music.
Expansive, spacious sounds and big orchestrations like on the title track or “Andromeda” dominate, but at the same time those big spacious sounds are tastefully arranged as not to overpower the melody or Nick’s vocals.
The album has a very natural ebb and flow, and actually invokes cinematic images throughout. Fans of both classic and ‘classic’ rock will rejoice with this one.