SAINTS OF 35th STREET, THE: Sorry for the Mess: LP

I want to like this. I try. It’s almost there. I can only relay the unsatisfying feeling by describing a very unfortunate Leonard Cohen cover on Side A of the LP. “Hallelujah,” Cohen’s nearly perfect 1984 ode to god, doubt, and orgasm, is given the punk treatment here, much like Johnny Ramone effectively did with Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.” It’s sped up and played with chunky, driving guitars, and that lip-curling sneer. Again, the lyrics, the chord progression, the familiarity of an incredible song. The parts are all there but the goddamn thing just doesn’t fucking work. I don’t get it. This one doesn’t do it for me. 

 –John Mule (Tree House)