House of Lords – Saints and Sinners – 2022

Saints and Sinners

I guess there are numerous albums by numerous bands that are named Saints and Sinners. It’s kind of a classic name for an album, a band, a book, or even a movie. In other words, low imagination when it comes to the title of the album. The music is hardrock and nothing else. At least the way I define hardrock, but the difference between rock, hardrock, hard rock, AOR, and so on seems to become smaller every day. I like to classify things to be sure, but I might give it up sooner or later as it gets harder and harder to differentiate different branches of basically the same genre.

But let’s leave that for now. Saints and Sinners is a fine album no doubt. It’s well-played, well-produced, and very melodic. So, if you’re into melodic hardrock you should be in for a treat. It sounds just like you would imagine. But that also makes it pretty boring in my mind. There’s nothing on Saint ans Sinners I haven’t heard before. Nothing new and nothing fresh. You could ask the question if that’s really necessary for an album to be good or even great. The answer to that is no of course. It doesn’t have to be, but the older we get and the more frame of reference our experience has gained us, the harder it is to impress us. At least me.

So, it’s a fine album. Easy to listen to and to enjoy. But at the same time quite forgettable.

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Tommy Snöberg Söderberg

Autodidact film scholar and music-loving thinker who reads the occasional book.

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