Saints of the Underground – Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner (2008, Warrior Records)
1. “Dead Man Shoes” [2:44]
2. “Tomorrow Never Comes” [3:16]
3. “All in How You Wear It” [4:25]
4. “Good Times” [3:58]
5. “Exit” [2:44]
6. “American Girl” [3:46]
7. “Signs of Life” [2:59]
8. “Bruised” [3:37]
9. “Moonlight Mile” [5:14]
10. “Jimmy” [3:53]
Jani Lane – Vocals
Keri Kelli – Guitar
Robbie Crane – Bass
Bobby Blotzer – Drums
This album was totally under the radar for me, I wasn’t even aware of this release until about two weeks before the release. And I usually try to keep up on the scene! Ah well, I picked it up as quick as I could and it’s proven to be a surprisingly solid release.
For those of you that aren’t aware, Saints of the Underground is a “supergroup” (C’mon, in 2008? Let’s be honest with ourselves…) that features Jani Lane (Warrant), Kerri Kelli (Alice Cooper), Bobby Blotzer (Ratt) and Robbie Crane (Ratt).
As I said, the album is really solid with a nice mix of modern hard rock, hair metal, and a bit of pop punk. I’m reminded of Lit on some songs. If anything, Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner seems like it could be a window into what a modern Jani Lane-fronted Warrant album would sound like with “Dead Man Shoes” and “Signs of Life” particulary striking me as very “Warrant-like”. “Tomorrow Never Comes” is my favorite track of the bunch and I don’t think it would seem out of place on rock radio today. Not that you’d ever actually hear it there, mind you.
The only song I really don’t care for is “Moonlight Mile”, which is a Rolling Stones cover. I’m not familiar with the original, but I’m just not digging this track. Jani’s voice seems to struggle on this one.
I’m definitely glad I picked this album up, I don’t know what the future holds for this band with Ratt & Warrant gearing up for their own tours and then recording new albums, but once Warrant and Ratt get some downtime again, I’d love for them to put some more SOTU material out.
The album is going for $10-15 at most retailers, give it a shot.
Highlights: “Dead Man Shoes”, “Tomorrow Never Comes”, “Good Times”, “Exit”, “Signs of Life”, “Bruised”, “Jimmy”
Lowlights: “Moonlight Mile”