Review: Shane Smith and the Saints’ New Album ‘Norther’
UPDATED: March 6, 2024
UPDATED: March 6, 2024

Shane Smith and the Saints: Norther

Shane Smith and the Saints burst onto the scene with the force of a wrecking ball, unleashing their lat est album Norther with a raw, unyielding power. Renowned for his uniquely deep and weathered voice, Shane Smith leads the charge in this 13-track testament to the pinnacle of Texas artistry.

Hailing from the heart of Red Dirt country, Shane Smith and the Saints have carved out a well-deserved place among musical royalty. While rooted in country and western traditions, the band defies easy categorization, showcasing a dynamic range that sets them apart from their peers.

Musically, Norther showcases the band’s unparalleled talent and versatility. From blistering electric guitar solos to soul-stirring fiddle melodies, each member of the Saints excels in their respective craft. Yet it is Shane Smith’s gravelly vocals that take center stage, weaving a narrative that is both raw and deeply moving.

Songs and Lyrics 

Norther is a meticulously crafted work of showmanship, with each track purposely arranged to deliver a rollercoaster of emotions. From soaring highs to introspective lows, every song resonates with a palpable intensity, evoking imagery reminiscent of cinematic epics. Whether it’s the relentless energy of Fire in the Sky or the haunting melodies of Book of Joe, the album paints vivid sonic landscapes that linger long after the final note fades.

Lyrically, Norther explores a diverse array of themes, from the complexities of lost love to the harsh realities of life on the road. One standout track, Field of Heather, transports listeners to the battlefields of World War II, offering a poignant glimpse into the sacrifices of those who came before us. Adeline is one of the albums strongest songs, wallowing in regret over lost lost for selfish reasons. Throughout it all, Shane Smith’s poignant lyrics are delivered with a depth and sincerity that speak to the band’s enduring legacy.

While the majority of Norther delivers a relentless onslaught of sound, the album’s more subdued moments offer a welcome respite, allowing Smith to bare his soul against a backdrop of acoustic guitars and melancholy pianos. Tracks like WheelsAll the Way, and Everything & More serve as poignant reminders of the band’s ability to convey raw emotion with grace and finesse.

Final Thoughts

Shane Smith and the Saints Create a Clear Destination with Norther

In the end, Norther stands as a testament to Shane Smith and the Saints’ enduring legacy. With its masterful blend of dynamic storytelling and raw emotion, the album solidifies the band’s place at the forefront of the music scene. As they continue to push boundaries and explore new sonic territories, one thing is clear: Shane Smith and the Saints are here to stay.

Album Release: March 1, 2024       Label: Geronimo West Records distributed by Thirty Tigers

Favorite Tracks: Adeline, Wheels, Fire in the Ocean

 

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