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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000008FTR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

10 tracks: 1. Fire 2. Sunshine Girl 3. Pain 4. Sweet Addiction 5. Ritual 6. Le Motion 7. Sister Moon 8. In The Garden 9. Violent World 10. Sin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Blenner on August 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This band was first exposed to the public on a variety show that was a battle of the bands format. The Front was the first winner with the song Fire. They were awarded a contract on CBS and a video that was played both on Headbangers Ball and 120 Minutes this may of caused people to lose this band in the shuffle of the late 80s. The song Sister Moon had more funk then metal and Violent World really showed the bands rock sound. Le Motions Bass lines were deep rich and led the song in the alternative direction. Lead singer Anthony did have his Morrison Moments but at times he clearly out sung the rock god!!! The bands promise and orginal sound clearly was lost by metal and devoured by grunge. The two brothers later were in Bakers Pink. I great album but a bizzare album cover of androgny many years before Manson would make it mainstream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Front's self-titled 1989 debut is another of that era's unrecognized classics. Much like the debut albums by Kill for Thrills and Royal Court of China, the Front's debut was noteworthy for taking a different approach to the hard rock that was so popular at the time. When the average Sunset Strip band's influences didn't extend too far beyond Hanoi Rocks and Van Halen, the Front obviously spent a lot of time listening to both the Cult and the Doors.

They might wear their influences on their sleeve, but it was refreshing to see a band that used something other than tighter spandex and another case of Aqua Net to stand out. And besides, you could do a lot worse than to emulate the Cult and the Doors. Singer Michael Franano's dramatic vocal style is equal parts Ian Astbury and Jim Morrison (which pretty much means 99.9% Jim Morrison) with occasional hints of Billy Idol, and combined with his considerable songwriting skills makes the album seem more emotional, more spiritual, and just more interesting overall than the average hair metal offering. The prominent use of keys and organ helps in that respect, and reinforces the album's Doors vibe.

Despite some early attention by MTV, the Front never really took of. This ended up being the only album they issued. The nucleus of the band would return in 1993 under the name Bakers Pink, but they didn't fare much better than the Front did.

This is one of those albums that the precious few who know of it have come to love. Fans of quality 80's rock would do well to seek it out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Novak on March 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I picked this one up after hearing the song 'Fire'. The singer has a little bit of Jim Morrison or Ian Asbury sound to his voice. As far as the music, it was different from the heavy metal that was out at this time (1989) with many of the songs being groove oriented with some heavy bass lines and not a lot of guitar soloing. If you can find this one, pick it up. There are at least eight songs that I still listen to, and I picked it up when it first came out in 1989. It will give you a taste of something different that was out there at a time when all heavy metal bands were sounding the same.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dan on April 21, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
one of the more under rated bands of the late 80's. wish they would have pushed the band a bit more. as noted by another buyer if you like the CULT then this is a must have!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Hanson on February 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you like The Cult, you'll like this one. Can be picked-up dirt cheap on-line...well worth it.
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