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Sinners & Saints
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
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I have been listening to this cd almost non stop since I received it and it is stunning. At first, so many subjects are covered; faith or the lack thereof, social responsibility, tolerance,...passions that lead to the unthinkable ("Sombras")...that the album seems overwhelming. But as one listens, one sees a thread running through the varied themes. Life...We pray even when we doubt, we love what we shouldn't, we stay and live up to our responsibilities even when we don't feel appreciated or understood...Every song on this cd is like a film or novel in 6:10 minutes or less.

Raul's voice and musicianship is extraordinary and in full bloom in this cd. His voice seems purposely more reserved than usual. Perhaps to allow the listener to move beyond awe of his amazing range and listen to the lyrics and nuances of the melodies and performances.

"Staying Here" is a standout for me. Poignant, touching...I think it must speak to so many people out there.
"San Antonio Baby" has hit written all over it! "Matter Much To You" and "Living For Today" beautiful, timely observations on the world today.

Love this cd. My favorite Raul Malo cd has been "Today" since it was first released back in 2001...all his other cd's have been excellent...but this one is maybe...it's tied with "Today"!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I am prefacing this review with the notation that if you are reading this, you are quite likely aware that Raul Malo possesses one of the most phenomenal voices in music. Internationally acclaimed for his amazing vocal talent, it is simply not possible to overpraise Malo's singing ability. Likewise, as a song-writer, guitarist and musician, Malo is one of the finest performers in the world today.

With Sinners & Saints, Raul Malo's latest album, this incomparable musical artist displays a distinctive, focused vision. From the compelling, triumphant opening to the title song - a memorable trumpet solo that soars--through the contemplative, thought-provoking finale on this album, Saint Behind the Glass, Malo's music is a remarkable range of compositions that reaches new heights in showcasing this unparalleled singer's unique style.

Standouts on this album, in addition to the title song, Sinners and Saints, include San Antonio Baby, a lively, rousing, delightful Tex-Mex rendition in the style that Malo made synonymous with his country-rock band of the 1990's, The Mavericks. His cover of Rodney Crowell's classic, Til I Gain Control Again, sets a new standard for this classic.

Malo's previous albums as a solo artist, particularly Hello Again and Lucky One, are fitting preambles to this CD. Song-writers and artists such as Raul Malo and Garth Brooks understand that an album, in the traditional and ideal sense is a `place in time' for an artist. The songs chosen and written for an album, artistically, show where the performer is creatively at a particular point in their careers. This school of thought is one of the reasons why it took so long for The Beatles albums to be available on iTunes--why their rights were held out for so long before acquiescing to public demand. Once songs are `chopped away' from an album something intangible is lost. In today's music market it becomes more and more difficult hold out from the demand for instant gratification, in this case downloading a single song, but there is certainly something to be said for this school of thought.

It is difficult to describe Malo without drawing comparisons to the other great artists and performers. One strives for a way to convey an appreciation of Raul's talent and simply runs out of superlatives to try and express the range and ability of this extraordinarily gifted man. He truly does have the superb versatility and vocal ability to rival a Roy Orbison and the musical guitar talent and songwriting ability to place him on the same level as icons such as John Lennon/Paul McCartney. For all of the admiration and adoring adulation he receives, a large part of Malo's immense personal charm is that he does not let this all `go to his head.' Indeed, he is one of the most gracious, humble, considerate, and down-to-earth men you would ever want to meet. Truly spectacular talent needs no ego to affirm its existence.

For this particular album, it becomes clear that there is no `right' or `wrong' aspect in the lyrics of the range of songs on this CD. Sinners & Saints focuses more on humanity--the human foibles, emotions, uncertainties and frailties we have all experienced at some time in our lives--and the ultimate triumph perhaps is the tenacity and triumph of spirit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2010
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Looked forward to this CD coming out after meeting Raul and hearing him sing a few tracks on tour in 2010. No disappointment here! A mix of Latin and Swing Rhythms, Spanish Ballad, and a profound cover of Till I Gain Control Again. Expected it to be similar and a follow-up to The Lucky One, but it is distinctly different. The songs are intriguing. Matter Much to You should be words we all choose to live by! My only criticism is that Raul's EXCEPTIONAL vocals aren't showcased as well by the arrangements as they are on some of his previous CD's. The arrangements or maybe the recording mix detract just a wee bit from his magnificent voice quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2010
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I totally enjoy this album. This, combined with supporting concert in Saint Louis, solidified my opinion that Raul is one of the most talented singers and entertainers out there today. Simply fantastic vocals and music. A must have for any Raul Malo fan!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
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Great music! Just saw Raul Malo live for the second time. If you get the chance to see him - GO! He is amazing & the show was great. The music on this cd is a fun mix.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2010
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I heard a piece about Raul Malo on NPR and loved the one song. After listening to the whole album I love every single song on it and am going to buy more CDs of his.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2010
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Once again, a vocal treasure from Raul Malo. These are all great songs and he sounds just wonderful. I am very pleased with this newest album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 25, 2014
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I knew he was good. I didn't expect him to be that good. Great voice, enchanting music.
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on February 6, 2014
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He is one of the best singers out there; his voice is very moving, and emotional. Not a bad song in the bunch. Have had this cd for awhile, been meaning to get in here. If one likes Raul Malo, u just can't go wrong.
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