"Each song on this album is about struggle. The struggle to love, the struggle to defy love, the struggle to overcome, the struggle to apologize, the struggle to fight back, the struggle to be heard, the struggle to sacrifice, the struggle to live without regret. It's dedicated to you. For just like every other saint, somewhere deep inside, you know you are holy." That quote from Danny Blu's press kit is a pretty good summation of his latest and very personal album about struggle called saint.
saint leads off with a super spooky sermon titled The Ballad of the Excommunicated, an atmospheric techno track devoid of rhythm and rhyme that sounds like the background music one would expect to hear in one of the Dante described circles of Hell. This soon segues into a techno-pop piece (Sebastian) with its itchy, infectious "Murder me, shoot me full of arrows, nail me to your tree. Murder Me, burn me till I'm painless, make me say his name!" hook.
All Night shifts gears and goes into a more industrial rock mode with a touch of steampunked swagger. Next up Blu bares his soul on Guilty. Accompanied by only a piano and two violins he laments, "You can take my heart to replace the one I ripped apart tonight", before offering his plea of "guilty" to the unseen judge presiding over a melancholy court of failed love.
Something To Believe In concludes that many times it's not just love that's needed, but more so, it's really the need to believe in something. It's the fifth track on the CD and it's the album's anthem before downshifting the tempo with the synth heavy Asunder.
Picking up the pace again with Dead Like Me, the single from saint, we're treated to a sardonic, fun and danceable satanic strut. The acapella intro on As It Seems soon builds into an intense loud rock locomotive gathering steam as it tracks along. Revisiting the über creepy vibe that opened this candid collection of songs is The Lullaby of the Excommunicated. Once again Danny Blu tosses rhyme and rhythm to the wayside as his sorry subway full of lost souls descents even deeper into the pits of hell.
In The Dark (Fraust Remix), closes out the ten song saint compilation. It's a remix of a song off of an earlier release (Do Your Worst) and if you're a lover of EDM then this is the one for you. saint is not for someone who wants all their music to fit neatly into one category. It crosses over genres and fuses musical styles like a wide-eyed welder on mushrooms; but that's why it works. Just when you thought you knew where Danny Blu was going he disappears in front of your eyes, then sneaks up behind to kick the sound in a new direction. And that's a pretty cool trick!