Review: Sainted Sinners – Sainted Sinners
Soulfood (March 2017)
Reviewer: Grant Foster
The first release featuring ex Accept vocalist David Reece, who featured on their 1989 album ‘Eat The Heat.’
I’ll be honest, I had no clue what to expect from this album, but, if you love 70’s era hard rock with lots of keyboards this is for you! Think Deep Purple with Coverdale & Hughes, Whitesnake, ‘Come & Get It’ era, or Rainbow any era! It’s awash with Hammond and Moog, yet still rocks guitar wise. Yes, even I liked it and I’m not the world’s biggest keyboards fan!!
The stand out songs for me are the title track – a real hard rock stomper with a strong chorus of, ‘We’re all Sainted Sinners!’ – the groove-tastic ‘Maybe She’s Got Balls’, which could have easily appeared on an Electric Boys album – ‘Blue Lightning Man’ – which kicks up quite a storm and had me singing the chorus all the way to the doctors and back! ‘Shine Diamond Girl’ has a crazy mix of hints of ‘Nothing But A Good Time’ by Poison and ‘Perfect Strangers by Purple, yet amazingly it works!
The one departure from the Purple/Snake/Rainbow sound is ‘In Need’ which moves along in parts like an early ZZ Top tune, complete with Billy Gibbon’s like vocals from Reece, for most of it, albeit not a bad thing.
Only one track doesn’t hit the mark and that (This Love That I Have Found), is only because the rest of the ten songs on offer are of a very good standard.
The musicianship here is of the highest order, yet the songs never suffers from any over playing, which sometime can be the case. Reece himself lays down a sterling performance and doesn’t over egg the pudding. He has matured nicely into a classic rock vocalist of some note. It seems he has finally found a vehicle with the songs that do justice to his voice.
So, if that 70’s hard keyboard rocking is your thing, take it from a man who usually avoids these things like the plague. If you like Night Flight Orchestra, then you’ll love this – It rocks!!