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Review: Phil Ireland - ‘Coming Alive’


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Seasoned singer-songwriter Phil Ireland, has once again proven his musical prowess with his latest single, ‘Coming Alive’, released on 3rd May. This new track is a testament to Ireland’s innovative blend of pop, rock, and soul, marking a musical metamorphosis in his solo career.

Following the success of his debut album, ‘Ruling Days’, ‘Coming Alive’ is a vibrant continuation of Ireland’s musical journey. His experience with successful rock groups Exit State and Breaking Waves is evident in both the revived energy and learned lyrical sensibility that permeates the track.


‘Coming Alive’ is a rich tapestry of textured guitar lines and driving synthesisers, underpinned by Ireland’s contemplative vocals. His multi-faceted musicality and genre-defying elements are seamlessly woven together, creating a sound that is both comfortingly familiar and distinctively new. The influences of 2000s alternative bands such as Muse, The Killers, and Paramore are palpable, yet Ireland’s unique style shines through.

Talking about the track, Ireland shares that the song “fell out of the sky”, with the lyrics, bass, and guitar written in a mere 10 minutes. This spontaneity adding to that noticeably authentic sound.


With a career spanning over fifteen years, Ireland’s ability to balance cultivated artistry with a constant desire for reinvention is commendable. His track record of supporting renowned artists like Tony Hadley, Go West, and T’Pau, both adds to his authority and brings a fresh perspective to his latest venture.


‘Coming Alive’ is set to leave a lasting impact and add a new dimension to Phil Ireland’s already illustrious discography. It’s a track that invites listeners to connect and interpret the song in their unique way. With ‘Coming Alive’, Phil Ireland is indeed coming alive in the music scene. Coming Alive’ hopes to bring his dynamic takes on the genres to the forefront.




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