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Music Review Melodime: Where the Sinners & the Saints Collide

August 25th, 2014
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It’s a good sign when the first time through a new album by a band I have never heard before, I stop the album to figure out the lyrics to one of the songs. But by the time I got to Unconditional, the thirteenth song on this eighteen song collection, I was not at all surprised to find myself doing so: I had already stopped what I was doing to listen closely a number of times; already played back one of the songs a second time; already noted a number of lines.

Melodime’s Where The Sinners & The Saints Collide feels like a folk album, and pressed I might even call it so. But the Virginia quartets fifth album in as many years has such gritty, rock hard guitar playing throughout that folk seems inadequate. Yet the songwriting sensibilities, the vocals and the lyrics often seem downright folk.

Where The Sinners & The Saints Collide is simply chock full of good, listenable, memorable songs with elements of rock, pop and the aforementioned folk sprinkled throughout. It is, quite simply put, an excellent album from first to last, good enough to make me want to hunt down their back catalogue and see what I’ve been missing.

Where The Sinners & The Saints Collide will be available September 2nd on Rock Ridge Music.


Tracklist:

1. The Call, Pt. 1
2. Halo
3. Two Strikes
4. Framed Love-Suicide (Let You Go)
5. Lullaby
6. Little People
7. Love Songs and Lies
8. Outlaws
9. Red Light, Green Light
10. Madman
11. Ruby Reds
12. City of Nothing
13. Unconditional
14. The Half of It
15. Exit Signs
16. Criminal (Let me Go)
17. Brothers
18. The Call, Pt. 2

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