Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: April – June

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016:
April – June

Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st April and 30th June 2016 Bluesdoodles reviewed 33 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance.

This is the second quarter of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016.

Kaz Hawkins – Feelin Good
Dan Patlansky – Introvertigo
Giles Robson – For Those Who Need The Blues

Albany Down – The Outer Reach
Jimbo Mathus – Band of Storms
The Rides – Pierced Arrow

No Sinner – Old Habits Die Hard
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky

With No Sinner Album Old Habits Die Hard

With No Sinner Album Old Habits Die Hard

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 pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

No Sinner – Old Habits Die Hard – Mascot Group Label – Out 20th May 2016

Track Listings

  1. All Woman
  2. Leadfoot
  3. Tryin
  4. Saturday Night
  5. Hollow
  6. Get It Up
  7. A Friend Of Mine
  8. Tomorrow Gonna Fade Away
  9. When The Bells Ring
  10. Lines On The Highway
  11. One More Time
  12. Mandy Lyn

No Sinner – Boo Hoo Hoo CD Review

Boo Hoo HooNo Sinner
Boo Hoo Hoo
Provogue Records

There is nothing to cry about or go Boo Hoo Hoo about this début album from No Sinner the Canadian Blues Rock Band who produce a confident sound which they are delighted with. The vocals are delivered by Colleen Rennison which if you play a word game you will see that No Sinner is her surname backwards! More importantly that word play is the vocal dexterity it is truly a heady cocktail of emotions, sweet and sugar, down and out dirty always with a sultry edge that draws you into every track this four-piece delivers on the album. The album is nine strong tracks, nothing has been added in as a filler with a mix of tonal textures, and tempos that keep you interested, this is a band that loves music and refuses to be trapped in a single style of the blues, thus every track has a contemporary edge. The drumming from Ian Browne is superb whether it is the crashing full on intro to Boo Hoo Hoo or the in the background rhythm driving drumming on Rise Up. The delightful licks from guitarist Eric Campbell as demonstrated on Runnin’ blends around Colleen’s vocals adding that urgency and giving the track the feel of the hot and steamy delta of Southern Rock. Devil on my Back combines with metronomic drumming, guitar licks, vocals and a strong bass line delivered by Bradley Ferguson, this is the track from this accomplished album that steps out above the rest demonstrating that this is a band that is the sum of the many producing blues that lead you to its emotional heart.
This is a band that produces a complete sound it is blues with a spiced up rock feeling that delights from the first drum beats of the title and opening track Boo Hoo Hoo until the guitar and vocals wave you a moving and gentle goodbye on September Moon leaving you wishing for another track so simple solution replay the album which you will do time and time again. I do wish the cover of the CD had artistic flair and less of a simplistic marketing solution that really is a little dated early 21st century, in the end it is the music inside the cover that sells and boy this music should sell…

Will Ireland - No Sinner
Photographer Will Ireland – No Sinner

Bluesdoodles gives this CD out of TEN doodle paws a doodle rating of

Eight ……… pawprint half inch

This is a great band so take the opportunity to see No Sinner live in U.K at Dot to Dot FestivalManchester May 23rd @ Satan’s Hollow; Bristol May 24th @ The Exchange and Nottingham May 25th @ Spanky Van Dykes; Leeds 27th May @ Brundell Social Club; London 29th May @ The Garage then of to Europe, France, Netherlands and Germany before returning to Canada.

Photographer Al Stuart - No Sinner
Photographer Al Stuart – No Sinner

Festivals this is definitely a band to book for 2015……

Listen to Boo Hoo Hoo below but you really should buy the CD and get to a venue to catch the classy sound they produce..