The Union Of Sinners And Saints - The Union Of Sinners And Saints

Published Thursday 10th November 2016
The Union Of Sinners And Saints - The Union Of Sinners And Saints
The Union Of Sinners And Saints - The Union Of Sinners And Saints

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 161029-24661
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

As many now know, The Union Of Sinners And Saints contains in its lineup producer/musician Billy Smiley (from Whiteheart) and John Schlitt (from Petra). This debut album is a classic rock smash up that doesn't re-tread some of those bands' best moments. Instead TUOSAS create a new album of songs that simply highlight the best elements of their old bands. Even the cover versions of classics like "Beyond Belief" and "Independence Day" bring fresh sounds and after John Schlitt's mellower recent solo efforts, it's good to hear him at his hard rock best on this. While classic rock in style, the band aren't scared to keep on creating new material and there is plenty that's impressive here. The creative production work on "Bittersweet" is musically exciting while the gentler "Lone Soldier" is an emotive ballad. The version of the old hymn "Christ The Lord Is Risen Today" will appeal to fans who loved the old Petra Praise albums and the rocker "Old Guys Rule" has a sense of humour which knows that veteran rockers are so easily written off by an industry which is obsessed with the new. These guys have years of classic rock music making and ministry in their bones and it shows. Old guys rule!

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