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The Lonesome Navigator

by Saints & Exiles

A loud, heavy, energetic, yet thoughtful and emotional album built with a classic metal foundation and made unique with blues and indie rock flourishes.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Janus Gate
7:30 $0.99
2. Animal Bomb
5:20 $0.99
3. We Are the Dead
5:41 $0.99
4. Anarchy at the Elks
4:21 $0.99
5. Every Day
6:02 $0.99
6. This Desperate Veil
6:14 $0.99
7. Wretched Man
6:07 $0.99
8. A Cascade of Shattered Glass
6:13 $0.99
9. The Lonesome Navigator
4:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Formed in early 2009, Saints and Exiles is the brainchild of Boston guitarist Brendan Mulhern. Combining the heavy sounds of his favorite metal influences with indie and blues rock textures and his own wiritng and playing style, Saints and Exiles aims to be an original and dynamic rock band. "The Lonesome Navigator" is their ambitious debut. A heavy, loud, energetic, and yet emotional and thoughtful album, filled with characters burning with cynicism, consumed by fear, crippled with guilt, and yet ever striving for hope and love - a paradise just beyond the horizon, reachable only if they're willing to sail a little further into the storm.



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One of my biggest gripes today is that I can’t escape, hard as I might try, the incessant bleating of overly synthesized pop tunes, processed through vocoders and pitch shifters. What’s truly refreshing is when a good old fashioned Rock album comes out to cleanse the palate.

I’m not talking about the “Rock Stars” on FM Radio/VH1 that try to present themselves as working class icons hoping to be featured in Rock Band 4 and “Now That’s what I call Butt Rock” to cash in on some residuals.

The Lonesome Navigator, a debut album from Boston’s Saints and Exiles isn’t just a good rock album. It’s a thoughtful, inspired, at-times hilarious, at times hopelessly optimistic chronicle of a young man’s life, thoughts and experiences. Brendan Mulhern, the force behind Saints and Exiles pulls no punches in his display of face shredding riffage and harmonies that are so thick, they threaten to slay the weak.

The Lonesome Navigator is especially enjoyable due to the eclectic and almost manic nature of the material. The songs range from raucous and irreverent, (Animal Bomb, Anarchy at the Elks), the Queens of the Stone Age tinged (We are the Dead), the hopeful, (This Desperate Veil, Every Day) folk-tuney and cynical (The Lonesome Navigator, Wretched Man). The Lonesome Navigator as a body of work is a well conceived and effectively executed foray into a field saturated by the mediocre and uninspired. It is a project to be admired and emulated by all musicians fearing that true Rock Music is in danger of going the way of the buffalo.

Musically, there is no denying Mulhern’s talent. His technique is evident in the fierce, staccato arpeggiated riffs, solos and breakdowns in Animal Bomb and the sweeping, intertwining melody lines in songs like We Are the Dead and The Lonesome Navigator. Additionally, Mulhern helms all bass and vocal duties, and in conjunction with the hecitc, double bass infused drumming of Mike Burke, provide the perfect example of how technology in music will never trump old fashioned technique and talent.

As a rock album, The Lonesome Navigator exceeds expectations one might have for an individually produced debut. The brightest spot on the album is perhaps “A Cascade of Shattered Glass”. It is a multi-layered display of technique both musically and vocally, and an admirable display of Mulhern’s all or nothing vocals and brilliant guitar layering and triumphant harmonies.

Personally, after listening to the album from start to finish, I was reminded of a Leonard Cohen quote: “Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There is a crack in everything , That's how the light gets in.” The album’s message is at times dystopic, while still evoking hope and optimism after the final song has faded.