Whitesnake – Saints & Sinners
Brother Mike Lebrain sent me this smoker. Yesterday, I posted a review of 2008’s Good To Be Bad, which was really great. Today’s record is from 1982 and, I have to say, the later effort is best-informed (all those 26 years later) by this rocker. Let’s go!
First, the KMA Award For Best Use Of Apostrophe To End Words in Song Titles goes to THIS RECORD!
Young Blood is a balls-out rocker that fully announces this record’s presence. Yes! Rough An’ Ready keeps the pace and rocks like ZZ Top, a bluesy barroom mayhem track. I can smell the whiskey and cigarettes and dry ice. Remember smoking in bars? Ha.
Blood Luxury refuses to let go of this album’s grip on the rawk button, and we’re off on another full-tilt boogie. Wahoo! This is FUN! Victim Of Love slows the ride to half-tempo but hits just as hard. Has the feel of a rock concert revival sing-along track. Greatness.
Crying In The Rain is the blues, and slinky as hell. Seriously folks, this is now five killer tracks in a row.
Here I Go Again is the big hit. Everyone knows this track. Well, a later version (I’d think) was popular. This, to me, doesn’t sound like the big radio hit I knew, it’s gotta be an early version. I have to be honest, whatever version it is, it almost doesn’t fit this record. Is that weird to say? We’ve been treated to bluesy rock so far, and here is a track blatantly aimed at being a pop hit… I dunno, maybe I’m wrong.
Love An’ Affection throws us right back into the blues rock of the rest of the album. Great! Rock An’ Roll Angels is a fun rocker, complete with piano. I can totally hear the Crowes doing the song, but with Rich on slide guitar… Damn, now I really wanna hear that…
Dancing Girls is hard, hard and fast. Just like I like it. Heh heh. Saints An’ Sinners fulfills my hope that this whole record would hit hard and drip the blues. Slinky groove, fantastic.
In sum: Best record I’ve heard all week. Daaaaamn! Thanks heaps, Mike!