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Pride - 2001 Far From The Edge

ARTIST: Pride (UK)
ALBUM: Far From The Edge
LABEL: Point Music
SERIAL: 10173
YEAR: 2001


LINEUP: Matt Mitchell - vocals, guitars * Chris Green - guitars * Adrian Johnson - guitars * Ivan Gunn - keyboards * Simon Farmery - bass * Rik Eade - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 This Time * 02 Savior Of A Broken Heart * 03 Hard To Find A Reason * 04 If It Ain't Love * 05 Hands Of A Healer * 06 Hold On * 07 Best Of Me * 08 Who You Gonna Love * 09 Saintly Lies * 10 Comin' Round Again


A bit late, and well overdue, but it's here. And I am impressed! Even if it is an English band. The key figure here is ex Balance Of Power ivory tinkler Ivan Gunn. Well I know how much Ivan was a fan of 80's based AOR, the likes of Gregg Giuffria etc.. Well, his aim was off on the first couple of Balance Of Power albums. They have now veered off into a melodic metal direction, and I'm sure Ivan was only too glad to opt out of that heavier direction. Here he strikes a rich vein with an assembled lineup of unknowns who may yet turn out to be future heroes. Who knows.. If they keep producing music like this then it will happen. Take a dose of Tyketto approved mayhem, wrap it up in some Dare or Cornerstone like atmospheric melodies, and you've got a superb package which should guarantee quality time on the CD player. The star of the show is undoubtedly singer Matt Mitchell, who has a husky quality resembling Darren Wharton, mixed in with a bit of Chris Ousey (Heartland) though he has more of a rock edge to his voice. A name to watch out for.

The Songs
It's very commercial, and we get the melodic glory of 'Savior Of A Broken Heart' while 'Hard To Find A Reason' is a rich electric and acoustic merger a la Tyketto. Salivating yet? Well it gets better. 'If It Ain't Love' is the archetypal rock ballad. Killer vocals, slow burning guitars, and a chorus to die for. 'Hands Of A Healer' is an upbeat anthemic rocker a la Ted Poley era Danger Danger, while 'Hold On' sees Mitchell's vocals move into Joe Lynn Turner territory, especially the chorus. The acoustic guitar intro is great. Just when I thought it couldn't get better.. it does. The magical 'Best Of Me' as a ballad is a winner! Both 'Who You Gonna Love' and 'Coming' Round Again' are harder edged efforts where the guitars get a bit more air time.

In Summary
Without doubt, this will go down as one of the better albums to come out of the UK during 2001. Mixing melodic power with subtlety, Pride come highly recommended. I can definitely say that Mr Gunn has certainly found his niche with this lot.

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