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I have always thought that Raul Malo has had one of the finest voices in the music industry, but let's face it since his days with the Mavericks and with the exception of "Today" his first solo release there have been very few highlights. Sinners and Saints combines an energy that has been missing from these solo releases as Raul took this recording from Nashville to the Lone Star State where the Latin and Tex-Mex sounds are evident from the opening note of the title track. The Track San Antonio baby is Tex-Mex at it's finest featuring the hotshot accordionist Michael Guerra. "Till I Gain Control Again" is a soft ballad originally penned by country great Rodney Crowell. "Staying Here" is one of the most touching tracks on this release where Raul Plays all the instruments with the exception of background vocals. "Superstar" could have been a classic Mavericks track Where Augie Meyers from the Texas Tornados and Michael Guerra once again on accordion rip it up. "Sombras" is a peaceful Spanish piece that highlights Raul's great tenor vocals. Whether Raul is singing Country, Jazz or Rock the Latin sounds found on Sinners and Saints prove to be Raul's finest in many a year. Reviewed By: Gregg Saur

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