Searing guitar licks, buzzsaw riffs, chesty vocal swagger—these Tulsa boys have cracked the code of country rock. Though there’s nothing new here, it’s all done well enough to prove they’d get the job done in the right venue. On “Sugar N Thunder” Sean Ward’s vocal (“You bring the sugar, I’ll bring the thunder”) sounds just right and sits well in the mix. Problem is, the song’s bridge is a misfire. Same thing on
“Strong,” an earnest ballad that’s marred by a bridge that just doesn’t get ‘er done. We also wonder why the bassist ebbs and flows on “Frankenshine,” an otherwise entertaining song. Perhaps a producer with strong songcraft chops could guide these Saints into southern rock heaven.