All Saints: Saints & Sinners

By Russell Baillie

(London)

Herald rating: * *

Review: Russell Baillie

They emerged a long three years back as a cooler hipper-hopper Spice Girls and just as the surviving Spices are about to release their new one, Brit girl group All Saints deliver their second.

It arrives after a disastrous venture into movies with Dave Stewart. But it’s also in the wake of Pure Shores, their William Orbit-produced hit off the soundtrack to The Beach — a great single which is also the best thing here.

Elsewhere Orbit also helms two other tracks, Black Coffee and Surrender, both of which put most everything else here in the shade.

Song-wise, left to their Orbit-free devices, the resulting songs are less than edifying, especially in their feeble attempts to emulate sassy, harmony-soaked American R&B on the likes of Love is Love and All Hooked Up (a song in which they develop a lyrical fixation on their own rear ends while trying desperately to be TLC).

In the end, this album suffers that unforgivable sin: too much filler.

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