With No Sinner Album Old Habits Die Hard
No Sinner are back with a follow-up album to their debut Boo Hoo Hoo; an album we really enjoyed. Have they achieved with the difficult follow-up album a feeling of progression, growth? Oh Yes, Old Habits Die Hard has the wow factor. Colleen Rennison (say my name backward it’s No Sinner!) has vocals of such an intensity they heat up the lyrics so that you are absorbed deep into the melodic phrasing. Kicking the album into top gear All Women casts the tone and shape of Old Habits Die Hard, and with the energy and vibe it is a musical habit we want No Sinner to keep. The textures and tonal colours of Colleen’s voice changes and the passion shines through from Leadfoot where a snarling Colleen is matched by the harmonica snarl; or on Hollow, a mellower number with a ballad and the building of this juxtaposition between good and evil or love & hate. Hollow is no gentle syrupy ballad it has a hard edge this is music that makes a rock n’ roll statement.
No Sinner delivers blues that puts grit in your soul and melodies that curl around your music antennae and stays there as you delve deeper into the lyrics and become immersed in the raw power of her vocals. This is a voice made for rock-coloured blues it is that of a confident woman who knows what she wants to sing. Comparing her with others is pointless this is a voice that will stamp its own mythology and love in the twenty-first century. The instrumentation excites the platform for the vocals to soar on A Friend of Mine the energy cannot be caged it has to flow loud and clear from the speaker. She may sing Tomorrow Gonna Fade Away after a drum and bass entry, there is one thing for sure No Sinner ain’t fading anywhere as they reflect in the album’s music. The intro of simplicity of piano and voices gives a quieter cooler moment; Lines On A Highway is blissful as we remember that at times we need to take time out. Coleen is less rock warrior more gospel hippy on this thoughtful introspective track. Closing out the album with sumptuous deep blue slide guitar Mandy Lyn. This is an album full of maturity and expectations as to where No Sinner fronted by Colleen Rennison will take us next. Step on board it is going to be a rock roaring journey of musical sliding and aged energy. .
This is a modern album fresh and pitching to be mixed in with bands that are vocally led including Rival Sons, Temperance Movement and Northern Ireland’s Kaz Hawkins Band. Now this would be a gig as two hard-edged full on voices challenged each other in attitude and power. Out of Vancover, No Sinner with Old Habits Die Hard are going to leave scorching music marks through every speaker they are played through. The indentations of musical power on every stage they step. Colleen fronting No Sinner is a force to be reckoned with no one will turn away but will turn and face the maelstrom of delights they have to offer.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN doodle paws out of TEN ….
No Sinner – Old Habits Die Hard – Mascot Group Label – Out 20th May 2016
- All Woman
- Saturday Night
- Get It Up
- A Friend Of Mine
- Tomorrow Gonna Fade Away
- When The Bells Ring
- Lines On The Highway
- One More Time
- Mandy Lyn