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Saints Of Sin: Welcome To The Circus

Every now and again we all need an album that's simply throws away the cares of the world and fills itself with good times. With that in mind, the UK's Saints Of Sin bid us Welcome To The Circus. Hot on the heels of a well received EP, SoS are keen to mine the same well of sleazy rock n' roll once more with this debut full length effort. With a sound that never falls a million miles away from Guns n' Roses but also takes in the likes of Toseland, the vocals of Rui Brito bring a less polished Myles Kennedy to mind, as the music decides to take a step back in time to the 80s.

You'll have guessed from that description that we're hardly operating in the realms of innovation here but that was never really Saints Of Sin's remit. Instead prepare for "Rocket" to blast off with huge chanting choruses and hints of everything from White Lion to Tyketto, and maybe even an occasional nod to Saigon Kick. Be warned though, even with a solid production things always feel slightly low-budget. Just as so many UK bands who were hoping to emulate their US Sunset Stripping cousins back in this scene's heyday nearly always seemed to fall ever so slightly short, so here too Saints Of Sin often sound like they're desperately grabbing on to age old coat tails in the hope of snagging a killer tune or two.

That said, "After Dark" will definitely have you singing along, while "Turn It Up" has a chorus that chimes the song's title just as many times as you think it will and you'll join in as it does. The lighter and airier "Running" feels a little by numbers, while "The Devil You Need" never quite pulls off the slowed down middle section that doubtless will go down a storm with a live crowd, but feels thoroughly pointless here. Let's not dampen the spirits too much though, Welcome To The Circus is way too much fun for that and way too willing to twirl, pout and shake it all about to be too churlish over. Saints Of Sin know what they've created here and ain't pretending that it's something it isn't. I'm guessing that live these guys will be the real deal, but on CD this debut is good fun without ever really suggesting it'll be that much more.

Track Listing
1. The Ballad Of The Big Top
2. Welcome To The Circus
3. Rocket
4. After Dark
5. Wasted Nights
6. One Last Time
7. Running
8. Turn It Pp
9. One More Minute
10. Heroin
11. The Devil You Need
12. Going Down
13. 21 Shots

Added: December 16th 2017
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Saints Of Sin online
Hits: 1626
Language: english

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