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MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
'Boo Hoo Hoo'
Release Date: 20th January 2014
You know a band is doing something right when the record company send over an unknown artist from Vancouver to London to play a small intimate club gig and supply the invited press with enough booze to sink the Titanic.
No Sinner broke the ice and made an impressive impact with their debut UK showing at the Black Heart in Camden last November with a set of scorching dirty blues fronted by the delicious Colleen Rennison whose lungs can shatter glass and whose sexy thighs can squash the juice out of every hot blooded male.
No Sinner is centred around the leading lady Colleen Rennison whose name when inverted spells out No Sinner. trivia fans. She has a whiskey voice soaked in sin and despite the Janis Joplin comparisons, actually has a cleaner and clearer voice more inline with soul queens Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone who she emulates here with her arrangement of 'Work Song'.
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The album kicks off with the easy flowing hard rocking jive of the title track 'Boo Hoo Hoo' which is reminiscent to rockabilly artist Imelda May's similarly titled 'Boom Boom' but with a grittier feeling.
'Love Is A Madness' is drenched in the smoky blues clubs of a bygone age when puffing on a cigar scored you a hot date while third track 'Runnin' steamrails down the track on high speed and will get your heart racing and yer feet stomping; a song made for Ike and Tina Turner if written forty years ago.
Just when you need a rest the album slows down and burns the blues where Rennison shows what she's made of as she puts her heart and soul into hard emotional ballads such as 'If Anything' and the Led Zep blues of 'That'd Be The Day' with some neat jangly guitar sounds from Eric Campbell who later uses some great fuzz tone expressions on a rollicking 'Devil On My Back'.
Just like the album cover which has Colleen Rennison backside gracing the front sleeve, this LP is spanking.