No Sinner - Boo Hoo Hoo

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No Sinner made their live debuts in a lot of countries long before their album is released. For the UK that debut came in November, but only half their set came from the album, so this is still going to be new territory even for the previously initiated. Those really in the know, which will predominantly be fans from back home in Vancouver, will recognise six of the nine songs immediately as they were previously released on the band's debut EP in 2012, and this album release simply drops Call Me, and adds three new songs in Work Song, September Moon, and Devil On My Back. The band are of course become renowned already for singer Colleen Rennison's vocals, a classic soul voice which is precisely what all the female blues players out there are aiming for and rarely achieve, and the music seems to be tailored to that as well, a lot of the time seeming like the band are relegated to the background in order to give maximum focus to Rennison's voice. Some tracks, like the House of The Rising Sun-esque That'd Be The Day, would be just as effective acappella as they are here with their minimal instrumentation. Exceptions are the T-Rex-ish Runnin', the highly silly title track, and the rocking pair Devil On My Back and Love Is A Madness, and these show they have a lot more scope to rock their sound up even more. Whether they do or don't remains to be seen, but they've already got a sound and an attitude of their own, so they're off to a good start, but there's room to add more to the mix as this is more about enjoying the vocals than it is about anything the band are doing.

Written by Andy Lye
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