Shallow Side – Saints & Sinners
Thermal Entertainment LLC
Release Date: 29/03/2019
Running Time: 35:09
Review by Stephanie Stevens
Rick here – As I was getting ready to send this over for publication it became apparent that the album, which had been on all the major streaming/download sites was being recalled. Shallow Side have made an announcement on Facebook Live that some things are happening behind the scenes which necessitates the recall. I’m not going to speculate on what is happening, but you may not be able to buy or stream the album by the time this review goes live. Keep an eye on Shallow Side’s social media links for updates!
Shallow Side caught my attention back in 2016 when they won best new artist by Loudwire. The band comes from Alabama and consists of a bunch of musicians who have the passion, love and dedication to write, record and create a dynamic show for their fans. Just from following them it’s easy to see they care and appreciate everyone that supports and enjoys the rock music they love making.
The addiction I have to songs like ‘Can You Hear Me’, ‘Try To Fight It’ and their cover of ‘Renegade’ by Styx has made me a huge fan and I was overly excited to finally enjoy new music when Shallow Side’s latest album “Saints & Sinners” landed in my mailbox.
One thing is for sure, these guys have grown immensely and it showcases depth and an overall sense of the band edging towards their ultimate sound just with one listen to this new disc.
Shallow Side begin the album with a song call ‘Revival’ that is jaw dropping and refreshing to hear from them. That old-school down south rock vibe jabs you right from the beginning. That low bass vocal just grabs you. It is potent and shows they can get down ‘n’ dirty when needed and I think an opener like this just breathes new light for the fans of this band.
The title track continues the Southern Rock feel and just oozes with melodic beauty and good n lively rock attitude.
‘Sound The Alarm’, the band’s first single, is sassy, sultry and wins you over with charm. You will be addicted to the melodic driven antics of this track!
‘Temptations’ is soulful and the playful vocal pattern just takes this track to new heights. I knew vocalist Eric Boatright had depth and talent but on this song he showcases diversity and perfection throughout.
‘No More’ is guitar sass! It’s pumped with hard rock grit and at times pulled me back into an 80’s soundscape but then bungees you back into the modern rock world. I love the energy and the playfulness from the musical ambience and vocal patterns.
‘Not Alone’ gives me piano and a voice. With these you have the beauty in a ballad and Shallow Side have hit a homerun with this. Delicate and pretty with an air of soft rock ambience. Two thumbs up for this you southern gentleman.
Lastly, my favourite song off this album is called ‘Hallelujah’. You want attitude? You want Rock ‘n’ Roll creativity? You want stripped down Rock? Do you need melody that drives you to get up and move? This song is just a straight forward beautiful ball of ‘fuck ya’!! Words don’t do it enough justice; you just gotta hit play and feel it in your soul.
Shallow Side IS Rock ‘n’ Roll! They are a band that leaves their hearts on the stage every night, writes real music with real meaning and just encompasses the future of Rock.
02. Saints & Sinners
03. Sound The Alarm
07. No More
08. All Rise
09. Not Alone
10. Carry On
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