Sjak : Keyboard player Phil Lanzon is already from the year 1986 a member of the hard rock institution Uriah Heep, with whom he has released quite some great albums. Just before the release of the new Heep record in 2018, he thought it was about time to record a solo album with a number of befriended musicians, which is now available under the title ‘If You Think I’m Crazy’. The material that is to be found on this record doesn’t really resemble with what Lanzon is doing in Uriah Heep, because he incorporates much more influences from real progressive and symphonic rock, which causes the songs to sound more like bands as Pendragon and Arena. Having said that it may be obvious that this solo album will not really be suited for the majority of the Lords Of Metal readers, but will better find its way to the die-hard prog rock fans.
Luckily for Phil Lanzon there are enough of those around and it has to be said that the tunes on ‘If You Think I’m Crazy’ are interesting enough to give it a thorough listen. Lanzon is using a few different singers, because besides his own vocal contribution also John Mitchell, Andy Makin and Andy Cain are taking care of the vocal duties. That accounts in any case for enough variety and, combined with a number of nice songs, that makes this ‘If you Think I’m Crazy’ quite an enjoyable listen. Tracks like ‘Mind Over Matter’, ‘Lover’s Highway’ and (especially) closing song ‘Forest’ sound very good and will certainly be to the liking of the prog rock fans. Phil Lanzon has not been able to create an outrageous good album, but definitely a very solid and varied record and that deserves respect. I myself am more into his work with Uriah Heep, but I can absolutely imagine that the purified prog rock fanatics will be able to appreciate this ‘If You think I’m Crazy’ album.