Pride - Pride
On The Wild Side
By: Cheryl Harvey Hill, Sr. Staff Journalist
you read my reviews often enough, you already know that I am a
huge fan of traditional country music. I am a total and complete
sucker for two-steppin', sawdusty, boot-scootin', stone-cold
country music and this album is packed with it. From first
stanza to last I was utterly, totally and completely focused on
this album, the lyrics and the music. This is definitely one of
those "push the keyboard away, lean back in your chair, put
your feet up, and just listen" albums and I just know, that
somewhere in honky tonk heaven, Keith Whitley was smiling
because the style, and the meter, of Pride's phrasing is
reminiscent of Whitley's. That's not to imply that he sounds
like him; Pride doesn't sound like anybody else. His voice is
unique and he definitely seems comfortable just about anywhere
between baritone and tenor.
are far too many really good songs on the album for me to name
only one or two that stood out but "Master of
Illusion" just blew me away. Pride certainly has a knack
for picking songs with meaningful, and memorable, hooks. This
album gives you an even dozen of fantastic lyrics; masterfully
delivered vocally, and reinforced by some dynamite instrumental
riffs. The songs are diverse in theme but, by the same token,
they are absolutely perfect silage for true country music
junkies who crave honest lyrics that are relevant to real life.
Need Knocking" reinforces the positive lyrics with some
delightful instrumentals and vocal harmonies but just as you are
feeling deliriously happy about everything, "She's Not
You" flows out from the speakers, washes over your psyche
and wraps around your heart. It doesn't necessarily bring you
down but it is guaranteed to encourage a nostalgia trip to a
those of us old enough to remember, "The Truth is I
Lied," will transport you back to the late fifties and
dredge up old memories of sock-hops in the school gymnasium;
while the saxophone on this cut is absolute perfection and
encourages a "stroll" down memory lane.
final cut, "Good Thing," has an uplifting gospel feel
to it. I didn't want it to end. Seriously, I just wanted to keep
swayin' to the music, eyes closed, hands in the air ... man oh
man I needed that break! Great stuff.
listening to this album, several times, I wasn't able to figure
out why it is titled Pride on the Wild Side. Although my
lack of understanding about the title had absolutely no bearing
at all on how I felt about this album - I love it - my curiosity
was killing me so I sent off a note to Stephen Pride. As it
turns out, the title of this album is a prelude to the next
album and I'm certainly not going to spoil the surprise by
telling you what it is. However, I can tell you that it will be
the perfect encore for the twelve songs on this CD.
his website it says "The vocal stylings of Stephen Pride
will carry you back to places you'll remember, and whisk you
away to places you will long to be." I categorically agree;
- Official Website
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I love his music, are you kidding? He sounds just like his big brother, Charlie. Why haven't they been exposed more than what they have. I just found out his father will be at the Sweet home Jamboree this year! Hurray!
~ Pauline - Lebanon, OR
Pride on the Wild Side is fantastic. My personal favorite is "TOO MUCH TO DREAM " I had the chance to see him near my home, and I was impressed with him. I had seen Stephen on Grand Old
Opry, and I had come across his web site, and was able to demo his music, and I feel in love with the sound. My husband was also impressed. The multiple vocal that he has is great. I am a Stephen fan just has I am a Charley fan although their music is quiet different yet somewhat the same. I can't wait till he comes back to my town or when I find somewhere in Dallas that he will be at I will have to go see him.
~ Clara T.