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Sinners & Saints [CD]

Raul Malo Audio CD
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It begins with a fanfare. With a few well-chosen notes, a mournful trumpet carries us to a far away place and proclaims that something is about to happen, calling on one’s full attention. And in every way, Sinners & Saints, the new album from Raul Malo, is worthy of that attention.

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  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B004FPQV8Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sinners & Saints
2. Living For Today
3. San Antonio Baby
4. 'Til I Gain Control Again
5. Staying Here
6. Superstar
7. Sombras
8. Matter Much To You
9. Saint Behind The Glass

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BBC Review

On the opening title-track from this former Maverick's latest disc, it takes Malo two minutes before he opens his mouth to sing. It's a grand entrance, heralded by a rush of retro-kitsch Mariachi surf music, which just about sums up where the artist is at, nowadays. Lip-splitting trumpet, Farfisa-oid organ trots, and a skipping beat presage the high drama of Malo's entrance. The wind machine gently ruffles his hair and beard in front of a sunset Tijuana backdrop. A strategically-placed guitar solo hits, and the track closes with one last trumpet flourish. The song says it all, emphatically establishing the mood to follow.

Next up, Malo might get more into rock'n'roll with Living for Today, but the twangin' guitar remains the same, alongside some honky tonk/barrelhouse piano, spirited acoustic strumming and a backing vocal chorus, all emerging from a successfully swampy mix. The songs are full of involved percussion patterns, with gourd-scraping, maraca-rattling and syncopated handclaps a-go-go. Malo can veer towards sheer pop, but his jaunty delivery often conceals darker subject matter. He manages to make downer sentiments sound rather cheerful.

The album was recorded in Malo's home studio, but it still boasts a big-production sound a full decade on from the release of his solo debut. Malo states that this is his most personal and intimate project so far, and he's probably correct in that assessment. His current approach mixes rock'n'pop with Tex-Mex and Mex-Mex, but there's not much trace of the country music that was formerly a chief concern. Roy Orbison seizes the controls for the fourth song. As this Rodney Crowell ballad is titled 'Til I Gain Control Again, it seems that Malo is well aware of this recurring stylistic possession. Michael Guerra's accordion feature on Superstar has the feel of a Mexican-zydeco half-breed. Sombras is sung in Spanish: the twang is still mighty, the strings are tearful and Malo is busy carving out the new genre of sincere south-of-the-border melodrama. It's all delivered within a classic 40 minute album length. The perfect pop punch.

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As the frontman of the highly successful Mavericks, Raul Malo led the group to become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of the ‘90s with their fusion of traditional country and Rock ‘n’ Roll. They sold over 4 million records and earned 3 Academy of Country of Music Awards, 2 Country Music Association Awards and 1 Grammy.

This is Raul Malo's follow up to his critically acclaimed Fantasy Records debut release, Lucky One. Sinners & Saints showcases Raul Malo's lifelong connection to Latin music, but infuses it with his wide-ranging love of country, blues, jazz and vintage rock 'n' roll. This is the most intimate, honest and complex album he has made in an already distinguished career.

Entertainment weekly says “Malo is one of those rare singers who transcend the mundane with the sheer operatic weep of his marvellous instrument. He’s among the last of a breed; a country stylist with finesse and brawn in equal measure, turning his laments into bittersweet valentines.”

Malo’s glorious voice has been described as “exceptional” by the New York Times and “exquisite” by the Wall Stree Journal.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mixed Bag of Styles From Malo 30 Oct 2010
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I loved Raul Malo's last album, "Lucky One", and couldn't see how he'd be able to better it. Well, he hasn't quite managed it with this album but that doesn't stop it being a great collection of songs.

Whilst I don't think this is going to be my favourite album of the year (but easily in the top ten), the first two minutes of opener and title track "Sinners & Saints" is easily the best start to an album I've heard in many a year, with a fantastic trumpet line - think an Ennio Morroconi western theme and you'll get the idea! And then a minute or so further in there's a great guitar solo from Malo. Great track!

It's a real mixed bag of styles, with 60s sounding "Living for Today", a Mavericks sounding Tex-Mex flavour in "San Antonio Baby", a Cajan tinged "Superstar", and a Spanish torch song in "Sombras" (and watch out for Malo's UK only EP "This is Raul Malo" which features a superb Spanish version of "Man Without Love" ("Cuando Me Enamoro")Rodney Crowell).

The middle of the album features two great tracks, a stunning cover of Rodney Crowell's "'Til I Gain Control Again", which I'm sure will bring a lump to your throat, and "Staying Here", which features a chugging "Gentle on my Mind" sounding rhythm with a great pay off line of "For now I'll be right by your side, And hope things will turn out right, But I'm staying here with leaving on my mind". Excellent stuff!

Really good album, highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic mix of styles 23 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Mr Malo has done it again. Great record with a mix of style's. Everything from mariarchi to country via a bit of rock 'n' roll thrown in. Just been to see him live and he was fantastic. What a voice. The new Roy Orbison - need I say more
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinners and Saints 2 Nov 2010
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As all Raul Malo fans do I waited for this CD like a child waits for Christmas. The quality of his voice seems to improve, and it's hard to believe that these songs are recorded in one take. I'm loving this CD as much as any that I have, and I'm really looking forward to maybe hearing some of these tracks live when I see him in London in a couple of weeks time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Excellent! 8 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
Raul Malo has a wonderful voice, one of the best in popular music and has not achieved the success his talent deserves. The atmospheric and mexican sounding title track gets this album of to powerful start with its trumpet. The high standard from the start never lets up with an eclectic choice of songs. I wasn't sure we needed another version of Till I Gain Control again but his is a superb version of a great song and he makes it his own. Country, rock,. pop, cuban, mexican all feature.....they all sit well with each other....making an always interesting and exciting listen. Recommended to anyonme who simply loves good music and if you liked the Mavericks, you will enjuoy this. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad 24 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
After seeing and enjoying Raul live recently at The Sage Gateshead we thought it was worth getting a C.D. Well its ok but nothing exiting or new, better off getting the Mavericks collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 20 Sep 2013
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Raul in top form, I love it. It lived up to every expectation I had and then some. More please.
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