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Album Review

Pride was White Lion's breakthrough album, thanks to the Top Ten hits "Wait" and the gentle ballad "When the Children Cry," but the rest of the album is also well-constructed pop-metal, with little of the over-the-top, testosterone-heavy posturing of their peers, as well as a low sleaze factor. In addition to the socially conscious "Children," there are positive-vibes anthems like "Don't Give Up" and "All Join Our Hands," and you wouldn't catch Bret Michaels or Axl Rose bowing on their knees before the "Lady of the Valley." Of course, nice-guy attitudes won't be as major a selling point for many hard rock listeners as Vito Bratta's showy Eddie Van Halen imitations. Although these border on obsessive at times, Bratta's interesting acoustic guitar work keeps the sound varied, and he displays a welcome penchant for melodicism. All in all, one of the more overlooked '80s pop-metal bands.

Customer Reviews

Generic shlock

Sappy, lame and boring. Just like their live show.

White Lion Fan

Remind me Of My First year Of High School

Wicked!

The music of my childhood. I used to listen to this album all the time on cassette tape. There's just something about this album that I love.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Of all the glam/pop-metal bands that crawled out of hair salons coast to coast during the mid- to late '80s, one of the more talented acts was New York's White Lion, led by singer Mike Tramp (originally from Denmark) and guitarist Vito Bratta. The group originally formed in 1983 and despite several bassists and drummers coming and going (including future Black Sabbath and Great White bass player Dave Spitz), the group managed to issue a debut, Fight to Survive, on the independent metal label Grand...
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Pride, White Lion
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Hair Metal, Hard Rock
  • Released: 1987

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