Wim : Sporadically the boss still sends them to me: albums that I did not know what to do with. And that can have various causes. In the case of Saint Alvia - a band?, a project? - it has to do with the lack of information and handles for me as a reviewer but also with the music. Saint Alvia seems to be a project - a cartel they call it themselves - built around a number of Canadian musicians. Musically it is a mishmash of pop music, mixed with punk, grunge, folk and country. Unfortunately it does not make me enthusiastic. On the contrary.
The songs are generally put together very simple. A few chords and then we all can sing along in the choruses. Ain't that fun! No, as far as I am concerned. You can hear an occasional solo but when you hear one, they do not impress ('Define Me'). From opener 'When I Die' on it is one big sing-along party. 'Murder In A Motel', 'Whiskey Business' and so on: songs that sound terribly simple and only would do good in an Irish pub with a lot of drunken people. No, sorry, this is not my cup of tea.