"For the first-full length album from D.C.-area songwriter, Tom McBride, these songs sure sound like those of a seasoned vet, barroom throated-wisdom and all."
"There is something wild and off the charts about the way McBride blends in various musical styles into a hybrid that is truly his own. And McBride’s voice, it tells a story with every howl, every cry, and every whisper. "Like a Lion" has something for everyone."
“Like a Lion” boasts hauntingly familiar pop hooks and catchy harmonies amid smart songwriting and penmanship surrounded by a big band sound fit for a soulman like Bruce Springsteen. ”
"McBride and band The Whig Party come on strong with Like a Lion, a rich and moody collection of reserved rock numbers that trade in excess and bombast of the rock genre for outright storytelling. Like a Lion is stark stuff, rich in imagery, the craftsmanship insistent on being atypical."
“Take a listen to Tom McBride and the Whig Party and you’ll find a band that builds on a mix of country and rock with modern sensibilities. Their songs are rooted in solid instrumentation, steady rhythms and easy going choruses...”
“McBride sounds like Hubert Selby, Jr., or Charles Bukowski would had they been musicians. In other words, he sounds like Tom Waits, but with a much less-polarizing set of vocal chords, and a better band, to boot!”
“Like a Lion, the first full-length album from area singer-songwriter Tom McBride, goes in multiple directions within the context of folk rock… Listenable, danceable and fascinating. A winner.”