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!

Posted on 2014-04-30, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.

  1. Hahaha..I was 16…..at the time ,looking back now what a great time to be a music fan….


    • Absolutely true. I was a bit younger, and caught up in, um, a few of the more non-rock things. I loved jazz. But my pop kick was more Gowan, Glass Tiger and Platinum Blonde. Does liking Honeymoon Suite back then save my sorry ass? Hahaha. Ah, to be 10, again. I still listen to Gowan, though. All his stuff is in my iPod.


  2. Yeah I kinda skipped this one as well for some reason.
    I started with Live In The Heart Of The City and Come And Get it and than onto Slide It In which I was fortunate enough to see live back in the yr of 84 when they totally annihilated Quiet Riot (headliner) off the stage that night in Winnipeg !
    Man that was a crack band ol Cov had back than !


  3. I have to differ on this one. This album always sounded tired to me. I’m not surprised that the reshuffle/change of plan happened after this one. It’s not terrible, just ok.


  4. THis is a killer album. I love Rock An’ Roll Angels. It is definitely a favourite.

    I think this is the album we both sent EACH OTHER! You found one in a $1 bin and sent it to me!


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