Mikey Ladano learned I had this and him being a Rick Hughes/Sword Fan Mikey requested a review of Saints And Sinners.
Lets’s Do This…..
Saints And Sinners hailing from Montreal Quebec came out in September of 1992 with a bit of press and a fellow named Aldo Nova who produced the one and only release from these guys.
The biggest problem these guys had was timing. If this record had come out in September 1989 or 1990 even a year earlier say in 1991 Saints could have sold much more and perhaps had enough momentum to warrant a second release but woulda ,coulda shoulda…
Having said that this is a good piece of Hard Rock! Think NightRanger on steroids without a pouncing our senses with a sappy Ranger ballad..
Rick Hughes – vocals
Stephane Dufour – guitar and background vocals
Martin Bolduc – bass and background vocals
Jeff Salem – drums
Jesse Bradman – keyboards and background vocals
Speaking of NightRanger Jesse Bradman played keys in that band for a while I think even on the very good NightRanger album Man In Motion which no one cared about…..
“Shake” – 4:10
“Rip It Up” – 4:45
“Walk That Walk” – 4:40
“Takin’ My Chances” – 5:36
“Kiss the Bastards” – 5:03
“Wheels of Fire” – 3:51
“Lesson of Love” – 4:17
“We Belong” – 4:42
“Frankenstein” – 9:57
“Slippin’ into Darkness” – 4:18
This album cooks right from the start with a Big Blast of Good ol fashioned Hard Rock. Hughes has a great straight ahead rock voice and Shake has a real good hard rock swing to it while the chorus is what I always call the Money Shot. Big time rock guitar with a super duper cool solo leads the charge …
After Shake is finished it’s onto Rip It Up which once again figures some stellar guitar work and another great chorus. More hard rocking the sense’s!
The album is chock full of Hard Rockers like Walk That Walk/Kiss The Bastards/Wheels of Fire. If you need a fix of late 80s /early 90s hard rock. You will like these.
Even the more melodic things like Takin My Chances and Lesson of Love may have a slow like tempo but the drums keep the pace moving along thank you very much.
I must mention that Aldo Nova brings out a clean big sounding make that a great sounding album, The dude knows what he is doing behind the recording console.
Frankenstein is the 10 minute like stomp that is actually an interesting move by these guys to put a track this long on a hard Rock release but then again as Hard Rock as they may be they stretch the boundaries as one 10 minute Frankenstein track is basically three Poison tracks . Imagine if Poison did a 10 minute track? Oh wait they have with those two 10 minute drum and guitar solos on that slop Poison Live record from 1991….. Frankenstein though is a epic piece of Rock as Rick sings “Close my eyes/He comes alive/ Frankenstein! The keys on this just add an big atmospheric sonic layer which does not annoy me! HA!
Saints And Sinners had a classic throwback Hard Rock Sound! It’s really a shame these guys came out so late in the game. So many bands were suffocated under Kurt Cobains Ripped up Cardigan.
If you’re looking for a Hard Rock Hidden Gem. Seek this one out!