No Sin­ner

Boo Hoo Hoo

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This nine-track tour de force comes from a Cana­dian blues-rock quar­tet. It’s fronted by twenty-five year old singer Colleen Rennison, who de­clares a lik­ing for the vo­cal tones of Ja­nis Jo­plin, Joe Cocker and Bessie Smith. It’s ob­vi­ous when you hear her sing and she proves to be a real driv­ing force for the band as she had a hand in writ­ing all but two of the tracks. Their name was cho­sen af­ter a rel­a­tive in­formed Colleen that her sur­name was No Sin­ner if spelt back­wards. The ti­tle track has two dis­tinc­tive sec­tions; just when you think you’ve got it sussed it changes into a slower and ballsier de­liv­ery. We like that ap­proach! Like many of her in­spi­ra­tions, Rennison “lives life hard and rough” and that adds to both her per­for­mance qual­i­ties and ap­peal. Gui­tar du­ties fall to Eric Camp­bell, who seems very con­trolled, hold­ing back and keep­ing things in or­der un­til he’s given the chance to let loose. While the play­ing from all con­cerned is good, it’s the voice and the per­son­al­ity here that re­ally cap­tured our imag­i­na­tion.

Spring 2014

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