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Artist: Poison

Title: Native Tongue

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1993

Label: Capitol

Catalog Number: D-1=101194


Bret Michaels vocals, rhythm and acoustic guitar, harmonica
Bobby Dall bass guitars, backing vocals
Rikki Rocket drums, backing vocals, percussion, tribal drums
Richie Kotzen lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitar, backing vocals, mandolin, dobro, piano


1.  Native Tongue  
2.  The Scream  
3.  Stand  
4.  Stay Alive  
5.  Until You Suffer Some Fire and Ice  
6.  Body Talk  
7.  Bring It On Home  
8.  Seven Days Over You  
9.  Richie's Acoustic Thang  
10.  Ain't That The Truth  
11.  Theatre Of Soul  
12.  Strike Up The Band  
13.  Ride Child Ride  
14.  Blind faith  
15.  Bastard Son Of A Thousand Blues  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: LSN Date: May 7, 2001 at 5:52
The arrival of Richie Kotzen resulted in the weakest Poison album ever. He`s songwriting skills is perhaps good, but it totally messed up this album. From beeing a great glam\hard rock band, Poison sounds like a tired rock band that is one the edge of beeing forgotten totally. 'Body Talk' is the only song worth mention.

From: James Date: May 25, 2001 at 16:40
Theatre of Soul is a great ballad. Listen, it talks of Bretts and C.C.'s break-up and could have been on Flesh and Blood. It even sounds like they tried to make it sound like C.C. was on Guitar. I agree, this album is weak with only three songs to remember off of it. Buy it at your own risk but if the price is right, the three songs are worth it.

From: T-BONE Date: August 11, 2001 at 17:34
Piss poor cd from a very good band. They could have done much better. Ritchie..pull your cock out of Rikki's wife and go to hell! CC's back and Poison is better than ever.

From: Glam-Blood Guy Date: August 21, 2001 at 23:50
Very Poor album, but it's still Poison... The best songs here are: Until You Suffer Some Fire and Ice, Stand, Seven Days Over You (the best one on this album), Theatre Of Soul and Blind Faith... but no one is really great...

From: John Date: December 11, 2001 at 8:37
If any other band released this record it would have been huge. People were disappointed that Poison had changed, but the songs are great. Listen to it again.

From: joe Date: December 13, 2001 at 6:53
I cannot believe the comments about this ablum. This is Poisons best release so far, its difinately got the blues at heart but this is a outstanding album of real quality in ever part, songs to make you dance cry and live your life by. To many good songs on this album to mention. One of my favourites.

From: Dragonfly Date: December 16, 2001 at 18:52
This sounds like the band took some poision. A lethal dose in a bad way. Buy it if you like to piss away your money. I give it a 1 out of 10

From: reebboy Date: February 12, 2002 at 0:03
This is one of my favorite albums by them. This doesn't sound like traditional poison but the songs are still great. The songs are a little more mature sounding than what they have done in the past. I think all of their albums are great but I got burned out listening to them. This is actually the only album I kept by them.

From: dissapointedMan Date: April 7, 2002 at 20:21
This CD is a piece of shit, Ritchie motherf... you came to screw up one of my favorite bands ever. Too late to kick his ass out of the band. Anyway POISON will rock forever!!!

From: CHIRO Date: April 17, 2002 at 2:27

From: Motley Date: April 23, 2002 at 20:55
Kotzen:boring guitarist and this release is totally boring. Its boneless and it sound they lost their touch. Too bad....Glad that C.C is back coz he really brought the great sound to POISON. Kotzen had nothing to with Poison. Glad he was kicked out!!!!!!!

From: rocknutter2001 Date: August 15, 2002 at 9:17
im a huge poison fan and this album rocks ritchie kotzen is a great guitarist different sounding poison album but its still great not one poor song on here it rocks big time

From: Frozen Date: October 11, 2002 at 10:23
Even though it's true that Ritchie could play CC's stuff with his dick, I'm afraid Ritchie is not the right guy for Poison... he's way too good in technical terms but he lacks the right attitude... still, you'll find 4 or 5 very good tunes on this album, theater of the soul is probably the most inspired, it's just that it doesn't sound like Poison at all. 6,5 out of 10 to me

From: TIM Date: October 11, 2002 at 10:39
This is different, but I like the song Stand a lot.

From: Dario Date: November 13, 2002 at 9:27
I will be probably the only one but I like this album very much! I'm agree with he other guys here, Ritchie destroyed Poison's style, but - something very strange for a Poison album - the musicianship of EVERYONE of the band here really shines!! It seems they improved their tecnique a lot! The songs are nice even if it seems to me hard to listen this album from the beginning till the end...

From: David Date: November 14, 2002 at 0:29
Dario, don't worry your not alone.

From: Gar Date: November 29, 2002 at 2:33
This album is a little darker and bluesier than anything they have ever done. It was a little hard on the first listen, but I've grown to really like this album. 'Ride Child Ride' is my favorite song on the album.

From: James Date: December 17, 2002 at 17:55
If this were a new band that was called Native Tongue and the album called Poison It would been accepted and liked by most. But since it is a Poison album it wasn't what most expected or wanted from them. Overall I say the album has good, solid tracks and suffers from poor track sequence. 7/10 with Ride Child Ride getting the highest mark for individual song, 9/10.

From: FM Date: December 30, 2002 at 3:39
Heh, sure this is not 'classic' Poison, but have you guys actually listened to the album? This record has a great blues vibe, Richie's playing is brilliant, the arrangements are excellent, elaborate and fresh at the same time... I think we all should judge the album for what it is: a great bluesy hard rock album, with remarkable individual performances (Bret's voice is at its best), really good songs (Stand, The Scream, Until You Suffer Some, 7 Days Over You...) and an excellent production,too.

From: dokken6008 Date: December 31, 2002 at 12:10
Yeah. Poison have got to get Richie Zito back in the studio producing their next LP in the near future. Not only did he make 'Native Tongue' sound great, but those five studio tracks he did on 'PTTP' were excellent, as well. That was Poison strutting their stuff into the new millennium with the original band back. 'Hollyweird'? Feh. Amateurish demos that hadn't been worked on long enough. Poison, I love you guys, but you gotta make up for the tragedy that was 'Hollyweird', as Soon as possibe.

From: Great Dane Date: January 8, 2003 at 20:47

From: JHONNYROCKER Date: March 11, 2003 at 14:31

From: Bazster Date: April 13, 2003 at 23:22
Some of these reviews are insane. This album is fantastic. The guys turned a corner with this one. This album should of been huge but the record labels were in love with flannel shirts at the time. This band isn't Ac/Dc. Their sound does change and yeah it was risky but it worked big time. Every Poison fan should own this cd. No matter what the cost. If you have it put in in RIGHT NOW and listen to it. 10 out of 10. 'Nuff said!

From: dave Date: May 24, 2003 at 15:20
Cool album. Kotzen is a much better techncal player than CC who sounds like every other 80s guitarist...but with Kotzen the style changed - and not to the worse...I like this album - it rocks. But I also like the old stuff...Just listen to Hollyweird and you know that even with CC they can bring out a very sucky album!

From: SPOTLIGHT Date: May 29, 2003 at 16:22
When I first heard this album, I thought it really sucked. But, I would throw it in every now and then and the more I heard it, the more it grew on me. I kind of dig this release now. But, yeah, they could've done a lot better. If you can get this one for under $5.00, sure, pick it up. But, it's really not worth more than that. It's a low point in their career. KOTZEN??? What's that? Sounds like a new brand of tampon. That's about what he amounted to on this album...a tampon. A used one at that!

From: gubi Date: July 13, 2003 at 7:45
I love this album 'cause it's real hard rock, with Stand , Fire and Ice, Theater of the Soul, as very emotional ballads. I know it's not the glam sound of Poison, but for me this is the best side of the band.

From: Leebo Date: August 28, 2003 at 11:17
I'm keeping hold of this album, but only just! It just sounds so cold compared to the earlier stuff. Strike up the band & Until you suffer some are good tracks, but Kotzens guitar is so dull compared to CC's.

From: METAL FAN 1 Date: September 4, 2003 at 20:17
'Native Tongue' is to Poison what 'Load' is to Metallica. A change in direction but none the less a technecly sound and superb album. However, I dont miss Ritchie 'Kotex' Kotzen (get it?; see SPOTLIGHT's review). 'Poison is Rikki, Bobby, Bret, and C.C.'.... Bobby Dall even said so himself.

From: CurtisLoew Date: November 3, 2003 at 13:36
Good, bluesy record, completely different than what came before, but that doesn't make it bad.

From: rohit Date: November 20, 2003 at 9:55
well i don't know who cc is and who kotzen is and it is the first poison album i've heard.....and i like it.heard it 8 times over on a long drive..also i am looking all over the net for it's mp3 version so if anyone has it please mail me. rohitsaini@hotmail.com thanx

From: Jade Date: January 19, 2004 at 2:26
The reason for change of direction in style and sound for this cd is Mr. Michaels/Ego trip. He saw Richie play and after the show told him to audtion and blah blah he joined up but yeah Richie isnt totally original but he writes more shit than C.C. However they are differnt kinda players altogether. If you do hate this cd blame Bret because it was all his doing with the more serious blues vibe and to get Richie's differnt approach to this which all well,didnt work. It did go platinum though...

From: FM Date: February 7, 2004 at 17:34
Kotzen is one of the greatest guitarists around, he can play almost everything from fusion to blues to funk to hard rock, and excel at it. He's a great songwriter too: I own all his solo records and I'd reccomend them to everyone. Besides this, N.T. is probably Poison's finest album, both songwriting-wise and production-wise. All the musicians are at their top. Bashing this album just because it's different from the previous ones is just plain stupid IMO.. This is great bluesy hard rock: get it!

From: miguel-peru Date: May 17, 2004 at 16:11
Es totalmente diferente a sus anteriores cd's pero no esta tan malo le doy un 6.5/10 pts.Los temas buenos son;Stand,Richie's Acoustic Thang,Ain't that the true,Until You Suffer Some Fire and Ice.Mas suerte para el sgte cd Poison man. Mi correo es ; flamingpie97@hotmail.com

From: jack Date: May 28, 2004 at 5:34

From: jack Date: May 28, 2004 at 5:36

From: TIM (2) Date: May 28, 2004 at 9:07
The one thing this album did for me was to embarrass the hell out of C.C Deville, as despite being better suited to the Poison style he could never in a million years play guitar as well as this. This was a reasonable effort, but the band are just a joke these days and have only some humour value and nothing else to offer us. Sad.

From: howe Date: June 8, 2004 at 14:50
Poison have great albums before Native Tongue, but this one is an absolute masterpiece! The songs are more mature and the arrangements, the interpretation, and the production are truly incredible. Probably the best Hard Rock cd from 1993!

From: Scandinavia Date: June 23, 2004 at 10:20
Indeed you're right!!! This one rocks!!! Excellent album!

From: Big Papa K Date: June 27, 2004 at 22:36
Big style change here with Richie Kotzen in the band. One problem with this is that Poison all of a sudden try to act serious. Who can take them seriously? Sure there are some good songs such as 'Stand' and 'The Scream', but this is just the wrong band to pull off this style. 6/10

From: giorgos-greece Date: July 13, 2004 at 11:51
i understand the bad critics above because that's how i felted when i first listened to the album back in '93 ,expecting to hear another glam/happy/rock-party record Poison were so good at.But after a while i liked it a lot,c'mon guys it's a good album!Kotzen is so different from CC but very good at his own court,he made the band mature and express their overal musical influences(traditional blues/hard rock)and the result was damn good!Personal favs : Stand,Ride child ride,fire and ice.

From: Metall Jay Date: August 2, 2004 at 22:07
A so so Album, from a great band. 'Stand' and 'Theatre of The Soul' are the 2 lone bright spots.

From: Geoff Date: November 15, 2004 at 2:34
I like this, and yeah of course Koetzen is technically a better guitarist than CC, but he is as suited to Poison as I am to having my balls chewed by wild and rabid bears. I love 'Fire and Ice' and the sensational 'Theatre of soul' as well as the killer 'Blind faith', the cool 'Aint that the truth' and 'Bring it home'. It's a very good CD, I admit, but not what Poison was all about. Still, good solid CD.

From: Tibifra Date: November 18, 2004 at 10:14
Good album!!!!!!

From: gubi Date: April 18, 2005 at 3:06
That's the best album they've ever done. Of course, it doesn't sound like Poison, but I'm a fan of quality rock. More hard rock orienteered, with MANY good songs and some really great (Stand, Theater, Fire and Ice).

From: "el gran Ñako" Date: December 8, 2005 at 5:29
Bandazo a estribor de los Poison. Un disco que merece mucho la pena, escuchad “Stand” o “Stay alive” y olvidad lo que han hecho anteriormente. MUY INTERESANTE.

From: poproxx2007 Date: December 23, 2005 at 6:35
They are a great band with or without CC. Bret is a great songwriter and I wish people would not hate on Poison. A great band and release!

From: twisted_vikki Date: April 21, 2006 at 11:19
I won't say if this album is good or not. The only thing I have to say is: if you like pop metal, don't buy it. If you like hard rock, don't wait for any advice, just go out and buy it!

From: christian Date: May 2, 2006 at 13:51
I want to tell only one thing.This album is a masterpiece.Richie Kotzen is a great guitarist and the songs are a Kiss-Ass.

From: Buitre Date: February 24, 2008 at 2:51
For me this is not a real Poison record as CC's playing is very distinctive (doesn't matter if you like it or not). But if I switch my mind off and forget about the "real Poison" I've to say that it's a very interesting work.

From: edwithmj Date: January 19, 2009 at 18:43
Possibly one of the worst pieces of crap I have ever heard. Stand is possibly the only good song here. The band sound completely out of place. Tuneless songs and why are there 15 of them? It only extends the suffering. 20/100

From: Buitre Date: January 24, 2009 at 9:20
If you buy it expecting another Poison cd: Save your money!!! If you're looking for a great release: Go for it!!!

From: GlamSlam Date: August 11, 2009 at 6:11
Fuckin´ lame where´s the party glam attitude, Poison rocks but this album doesn´t, weak.

From: edwithmj Date: December 9, 2009 at 21:00
OK I've actually sort of gotten into this album a bit more. I listened to it a bit more after I got Richie Kotzen's Fever Dream. The best way to judge this album for me is as a Richie Kotzen album. I wouldn't class it as a Poison album. Anyway, Richie pulls off some good guitar on this one but Bret's voice doesn't do the songs justice. I'd prefer Richie's voice being sung on all the songs because his talent surpasses anyone else in the band. All the tracks are good Richie tracks but if you judge them as Poison you will be very disappointed if you like classic Poison that is.

From: CC Date: December 10, 2009 at 18:07
Nope, dont get what you are saying at all. This album is nothing like Kotzens solo stuff, and is just a slightly more mature version of Poison. Richie is a great guitarist and has a great voice, but his solo stuff always came across as dull and uninspired, imo. This album, was not that different from Flesh & blood, musically, but did benefit from Richies backing vocals somewhat. Granted, if all you want from Poison is the glam of the first album, you will be disapointed, but any true fan will know this is not that different to their previous efforts.

From: edwithmj Date: December 12, 2009 at 15:26
What do you mean by "true fan". Are you referring to yourself? If so that's a bit conceited. Kotzen's solo stuff is a lot better than Native Tongue because on NT, Bret Michaels and the other Poison members are only good at making glam albums like Poison's first three. I've listened to a lot of Kotzen recently and after I heard this album I appreciated it a bit more.

From: edwithmj Date: December 12, 2009 at 15:29
By the way, I wouldn't consider myself a "true fan" of anything apart from good music. If a band I liked released a poor album I'm not going to pretend to like it because I worship and adore the people who made it. Being "true fans" blinds people to their true feelings about music.

From: apbt_brazil Date: July 27, 2011 at 9:08

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 13, 2011 at 17:50
They came down to my country(Venezuela)on this Tour supporting this release worldwide..such great memories of a memorable concert...the venue was up to the roof with people!!!...we where Poison starved ...for me this album showed a very good yet powerful melodic Hard Rock side of the band,leaving the Pop Glam of the previews releases and also marked the first record with a "new axeman" on board,Mr Richie Kotzen...great tracks such as the two mega hits "Stand" & "Until You Suffer Some(Fire & Ice)" plus "The Scream","Body Talk","Strike Up The Band","Ride Child Ride"(catchy) & "Blind Faith" undoubtebly show maturity and great composition skills of Bret Michaels & C.o.,an enjoyable and recommendable release...92/100

From: patriotsfan29 Date: August 18, 2012 at 15:24
The record that most Poison fans hate. I am not among those fans. I actually hated the album until I listened to it, then I was blown away. It's not what Poison was known for during their heyday, but it's solid nonetheless. Songs like Ride Child Ride, The Scream, Bastard Son Of A Thousand Blues and Seven Days Over You are all top-notch and well worth a listen! Also, I was not a monster fan of Richie Kotzen, but he held his own with this album.

From: JONBONPIGO Date: April 12, 2013 at 19:25
Well at least the Label got the singles right when deciding what to release to Video off this album..."Stand" is the Highlight..and "Fire and Ice" a close 2nd..Neither are Top 10 in the Poison Catalogue, but might be Top 20..The rest are just unmemorable to me...If I'm familiar with a Band and have listened to their release B4 and a Title of a song rings No Bells..then that's a sign that the song is filler at best..Basically great elevator music for 80's Metal Fan.. Nothing to shy away from, but nothing to search out.

From: hair metal again Date: April 18, 2018 at 7:11
excellent release for POISON once again with Richie giving the band a different bluesy approach,but still commercial and hard rocking!the production by mr Zito is fantastic and the songwriting really good with many rockers and 2 sensational ballads!enjoyed it much back in the day and revisiting it brings back great memories!essential

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