Boo Hoo Hoo
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.