Monday, March 10, 2008

Pride Tiger - The Lucky Ones

Any reference to Pride Tiger will ultimately jump back to Thin Lizzy, and truthfully, The Lucky Ones does resemble “The Boys Are Back in Town” thirteen times over – especially third track “Fill Me In.” This creates a dilemma for Pride Tiger, a Canadian hard rock quartet with energy almost consistent to a fault; everyone loves a rockin' power pop tune, but how many power pop songs can you stand before they start blending together into a long, repetitive rock block?

What Pride Tiger ultimately suffers from is an unwillingness to embrace variety; by the time “What it Is” begins, you start wondering if you've got previous track “Let 'em Go” on repeat. By the time you hit sixth track “The Lucky Ones,” you're just plain tired. What does work in their favor is the strange lack of irony with which they play. Falling somewhere between the introductory metal of the '70s and the carefully planned (though admittedly fun) power pop of the '80s, The Lucky Ones is chock-full of catchy hooks, indulgent guitar solos and reliable syncopated beats by vocalist/drummer Matt Wood, who – yes – sings somewhat with the fluidity of front men like Phil Lynott. And it's completely believable.

Overly polished or commercial-sounding? Check. Created more for groupies than fans of careful musicianship? Maybe so. But as noted here,
retro's always in style, isn't it? Okay, so I don't actually love this. Pride Tiger is likely a case not unlike the Hands, contrived on record but surely the band whose live show is worth a shot. Go see about it.

Pride Tiger - Fill Me In
Pride Tiger - Forget Everything
Purchase The Lucky Ones
(US version out Mar. 11; Canadian release was June 2007)

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