If you aren't that bothered by Christian lyrics and love well played Hard Rock, then 'The Union Of Sinners & Saints' is an album many of you will love.
The Union Of Sinners & Saints is, I suppose, what you would call a "super-group" in the field of Christian Rock featuring, as it does, members past and present of Whiteheart and Petra – namely Billy Smiley, Anthony Sallee, Jason Fowler and the superb Petra vocalist John Schlitt. There's also the added bonus of Dann Huff writing and playing on a couple of songs. I hope that made many of you sit up and take notice? On this self-titled effort, you'll find nine brand new songs plus glorious re-workings of Petra's 'Beyond Belief' and 'Independence Day'. I'm aware that some music enthusiasts don't like preachy lyrics because people find them off putting. On this album, however, they aren't as up-front as on some other Christian albums which makes this release more of a straight-ahead Melodic Rock album than it does a Christian one.
'Rise Up' starts things off with a bang. Schlitt is on fine form and his amazing voice immediately grabs your attention. When surrounded by the calibre of musicians and song-writers that he is, you know right away that you're listening to something special; this track also features Huff on lead guitar.
'Brother To Brother' follows and it's just a great song, full of lovely melodies and is catchy as hell (can I say that?). 'The Things We Do' has a Funky edge to it whilst 'Old Guys Rule' sees TUOS&S playing with an almost Punk-like attitude and enjoying themselves immensely as they do. The mid-paced ballad 'My Offering' is just another wonderful track and finally, of the new songs, we have the very Whiteheart-like 'Bittersweet'. A track that is again loaded with attitude and shows that "old guys" do still have what it takes to write and record great music. Also, let's not overlook the two re-workings of '...Belief' and '...Day' which have always been great songs and both work so well on this new record.
I've got to say that if you aren't that bothered by Christian lyrics and love well played Hard Rock, then 'The Union Of Sinners & Saints' is an album many of you will, just like me, love. If, however, Stryper, Petra, Bloodgood and their ilk don't float your boat, then I'd avoid this release.