The Hidden Hand Review: Genius Babble

Pete Kent – The Hidden Hand – Album Review

Genius Babble: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Written By Tom Coombs

There is nothing more beautiful to behold than a perfectly played guitar.  I am not talking rock chords here, I am talking classical or the way the guitar should be played.  With this in mind I would like to introduce you to Pete Kent and his second album ‘The Hidden Hand’.

Pete Kent from Wolverhampton is a finger-style instrumentalist who is at the top of his game and is the ultimate in one man musical genius and skill.  It seems that I am gushing but just wait until you hear the music, doing all percussion himself along with the guitar in what are amazing compositions.

Following on from début album ‘The Sands of Time’ Pete Kent is bringing you more of the same energy that you wouldn't expect from an instrument only eleven track album.  Most of the songs are his own but he also has three covers, consisting of ‘everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac, ‘The Way It Is’ by Bruce Hornsby & The Range and Level 42’s ‘Hot Water’ which really shows the mix of music within Pete Kent’s repertoire.

There is something relaxing but energetic with the sounds of an acoustic guitar only, and the riffs from top to bottom just keep you glued.

From the upbeat songs like ‘Icon’ to the soulful slow songs like ‘When The Lights Go Down’ the sound is mesmerising and beautiful to hear.

5 Stars – Once you hear the skill and energy in the music you will have to own it

Review Sourced From:

The Hidden Hand Review: Watdonline


Watdonline: June 2016

Written by Bobby Scaife

The last few years have seen a boom in fingerpicking style guitarists wowing audiences all over the country, however in the instrumental market it’s easy to grow desensitised by the amount of unbelievable talent available. Nevertheless, the one man band community has just received a serious shot in the arm with the arrival of Pete Kent’s second album, ‘The Hidden Hand’.

The Wolverhampton hero wows from the off with gorgeous introduction ‘Icon’, which follows a lovely fast paced motif that leaves the listener uncontrollably following every movement until little off the cuff guitar runs eliciting – well this writer at least, massive grins all round.

The album as a whole darts between apace and slow moving, leaving the listener guessing. Tracks one through to four for example, sees Kent change from unbelievably quick guitar work, to a slower, more grooving offering; then to the quick Gaelic-influenced title track, and then back to a more gentle feel.

The audience is then treated to a great cover of the famous Level 42 song ‘Hot Water’. Level 42’s Mark King is an advocate of Kent and it’s easy to see why. The iconic track is given a great reimagining, featuring fantastic movement between playing styles, and terrific use of harmonics.

Any criticism of the album is perhaps unfair to Kent himself. It’s easy to say that some of these songs sound like something is missing due to the nature of the instrumental genre. ‘When the Lights Go Down’ sees Kent employ delicate arpeggios reminiscent of the late Jeff Buckley, and its all too easy to picture an equally delicate voice singing over the top to possibly give tracks such as this all that they deserve.

However Pete Kent is obviously content being the show stopping one man band - rather than play the Marr to someone else’s Morrissey he has crafted his own dynamic place within the one-man-band field, and that’s perfectly okay with us at Wolf at the Door; I mean, you only have to listen to the opening few seconds of the epic closer, ‘One Trick Pony’ to see why. Whereas the one man band used to be seen as amongst the loneliest of musical directions, Pete Kent shows just how fun it can be.


Review sourced from:

The Sands Of Time Review: ELO Beatles Forever

REVIEW: SANDS OF TIME [Pete Kent]pete kent sands of time FRIDAY, 18 JULY 2014


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Regular visitors to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] will know that it is a great pleasure of mine to also occasionally introduce and recommend talented local artistes to you too. One of the plus points of last week's Brewood Music Festival was to witness an astounding exhibition of fingerstyle guitar craft by Wolverhampton's very own Pete Kent in support of The Trevor Burton Band. His performance was so good that I got hold of a copy of Pete's debut album "Sands Of Time" [Revolver Music #REVXD2016] for a listen.
If you are also a fan of Mike Oldfield, Gordon Giltrap and/or Lindsey Buckingham, then this eleven track release may well appeal to you. With two unique covers of Level 42's "Something About You" and The Police's "Roxanne" nestled in amongst nine of Pete's own compositions, this is an excellent showcase with the title track, "Postman's Knock", "Soul Mates", "Slipstream" and "The Spiral"particularly impressing. "Believe Me Now" ... It's a great record to listen to with the headphones on and it's a great record to have as a companion in your car too! [8/10]