Sinners & Saints

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Raul Malo pushed himself with Sinners & Saints. He wrote five of the disc's nine tracks and included four covers that fit into his plan. He demoed them at his home studio in Nashville on electric guitar. He then took them to Bismeux Studio in Austin, TX. He played numerous instruments himself and enlisted the help of a stellar group of sidemen including Vox organ icon Augie Meyers (the Sir Douglas Quintet), guitarist Shawn Sahm (son of that band's legendary frontman, Doug Sahm), Jay Weaver, Chris Tuttle, and Austin's newest singing sensations the Trishas (Savannah Welch, Kelley Mickwee, Liz Foster, and Jamie Wilson). The sounds accumulated here emanate from the Latin ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Raul Malo pushed himself with Sinners & Saints. He wrote five of the disc's nine tracks and included four covers that fit into his plan. He demoed them at his home studio in Nashville on electric guitar. He then took them to Bismeux Studio in Austin, TX. He played numerous instruments himself and enlisted the help of a stellar group of sidemen including Vox organ icon Augie Meyers (the Sir Douglas Quintet), guitarist Shawn Sahm (son of that band's legendary frontman, Doug Sahm), Jay Weaver, Chris Tuttle, and Austin's newest singing sensations the Trishas (Savannah Welch, Kelley Mickwee, Liz Foster, and Jamie Wilson). The sounds accumulated here emanate from the Latin sounds Malo heard growing up in Miami in the '60s and '70s, as well as his own love of surf, Tex-Mex, and rockabilly. The album opens with the lonely Spanish-tinged sound of Jameson Sevits' trumpet introducing the title track. It's answered by twanging surf-laden Telecasters, organ, standup bass, and drums. Malo lets his baritone run wild: "When night comes/Thank the Lord of the day/There's not much I'm sure of/And yet still I pray...." The guitars, on whammy-bar stun, reverberate and shimmer, the organ swells into the red, and the drums clatter. "Living for Today" is a bluesy barroom country tune with Myers' Vox pulsing under the melody; the Trishas' soaring backing vocals add a gospel tinge. "San Antonio Baby" is a Tex-Mex surf polka fueled by Myers and Malo's organs, Weaver's Tele, and a killer accordion performance by Michael Guerra. Malo's reading of Los Lobos' "Saint Behind the Glass" is stellar. With Steve Fishell's Hawaiian steel guitar, Weaver's marimbula, and his own ukulele, organ, and percussion, he creates an entirely different, exotically dreamy feel. The cover of "Sombras," by José María Contursí and Francisco Lomuto, is in Spanish, and is a pure delight with Malo's strong, romantic vocal rising above a pedal steel, whammy-bar guitars, accordion, and standup bass. Everything here works beautifully -- even if the cover of Rodney Crowell's "'Til I Gain Control Again," while solid, doesn't quite rise to the level of the many other great performances. Sinners & Saints is the most confident, self-assured, and consistent recording Malo's done, and it showcases his own playing and songwriting at an entirely new level of skill.
Los Angeles Times
For all its stylistic variety.... Sinners hangs together thanks to Malo's consistently remarkable vocals. Listening to this guy sing -- listening to him sing anything -- is an act of pure pleasure.
Mojo
A record that impresses right from its clarion mariachi trumpet opening, through to the album's finale, a reworking of Los Lobos' "Saint Behind the Glass."
popmatters.com
The album presents a coherent world view that says more about present day life than a thousand Sunday sermons, newspaper editorials, and radio talk show broadcasts combined, and it does so with beautiful melodies and compelling musicality.
American Songwriter
Sinners & Saints has plenty of the songs Malo fans love and have come to expect from him: tasty, playful Tex-Mex inspired songs like "Superstar" and "San Antonio Baby," beautiful ballads like Rodney Crowell's "Til I Gain Control Again," and a spectacularly sung Spanish standard "Sombras." But then there's "Staying Here," which feels like new country territory for Malo as an artist and a songwriter, issuing in a Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb renaissance.

A record that impresses right from its clarion mariachi trumpet opening, through to the album's finale, a reworking of Los Lobos' "Saint Behind the Glass."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072320109
  • Catalog Number: 32010
  • Sales rank: 102,765

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raul Malo Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Tambourine, Ukulele, Vocals, Mellotron, Requinto
Augie Meyers Vox Continental
Ernie Durawa Drums
Steve Fishell Pedal Steel Guitar, Hawaiian Guitar
Shawn Sahm Electric Guitar
Michael Guerra Accordion, Bajo Sexto
Chris Tuttle Organ, Piano
John McTigue Drums
Liz Foster Background Vocals
Jameson Sevits Trumpet
Jay Weaver Bass, Marimbas, Upright Bass
Kelly Mickwee Background Vocals
Jamie Wilson Background Vocals
Savannah Welch Background Vocals
The Trishas Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rodney Crowell Composer
Rick Trevino Composer
David Hidalgo Composer
Raul Malo Composer, Producer, Engineer, Cover Photo
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Francisco J. Lomuto Composer
Jose Maria Contursi Composer
Alan Miller Composer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Jay Weaver Tic Tac
Sam "Lightning" Seifert Engineer
Louis Perez Composer
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  • Posted October 5, 2010

    Better and Better

    Raul Malo has a voice that is unmatched in the music industry today. Each album he makes, post-Mavericks, we get a little better glimpse into his versatility and talent. His new album,Sinners and Saints, is no exception... his rich vocals are peppered with vintage guitar, Vox organ, and tasteful accordian throughout. From the jangly guitar and haunting trumpet sounds of the title track, to his poignant take on the old Spanish standard Sombras, with the danceable party of San Antonio Baby in between, this album proves that Raul Malo only gets better and better with each endeavor.

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