Review : Sinombré 1 All Hope Is Gone” – Paul Miro

When Paul Miro started posting a short while ago that his upcoming album was going to be his best ever, my interest was piqued. Paul has had a strong back catalogue both as a solo artist and fronting brit rockers Apes Pigs & Spacemen. How was he going to achieve this? 

The album was announced to getting a release through PledgeMusic (please click on the embedded link to view), a great artist to audience service. Paul has confirmed that the album will not be getting a general release and will not be available on streaming sites either which, let’s face it, are a terrible way for an artist to make a living. You want the album? Head over to PledgeMusic and join the party. 

Sinombré All Hope Is Gone is the first part of a two part concept album series but panic not! This is not a bloated concept album like a seventies prog rock dinosaur, but a multi headed beast, full of hooks, melody and fantastic songs. 

The world Sinombré lives in is a dark future where man’s greed has caused the world as we know it to collapse (quite worryingly appropriate as world events unfolded over the course of the pledge campaign). But this dystopian future isn’t a setting for Mad Max The Musical, but more of a common thread that runs through the songs. 

Sinombré Album Trailer

The album opens with Nothing Left Here (Part 1), a gentle soothing lullaby that sets up the album’s themes whilst warning us of what’s to come. This is swiftly followed by End Of Days, a monologue narrated by Terrorvision’s Tony Wright. This is also the first song featuring a Ry Cooder-esque slide guitar sound that resurfaces a few times on the album. These two tracks act as a preface to the world of Sinombré, giving you hints of what’s to come. 

Everything kicks up a notch with the single and title track All Hope Is Gone, Paul’s rich voice crooning over picked guitars, tribal drum beats and Hammond organ passages before ripping into a harmonica solo stolen from the crossroads where Robert Johnson sold his soul for the blues. 

All Hope Is Gone (lyric video)

Suddenly Righteous is up next, slipping back into another delta blues picked run with a refrain of “war murder rape torture pain and slavery” before a gloating chorus questions your viewpoints. 

A funky little riff propels No Party along with some nicely multi-tracked vocals which highlights one of the key features of Sinombré, it’s production. The mix of an album isn’t normally mentioned much in interviews but with this album there’s a lot of musical enhancements and embellishments that come to life with the right balance. The production is clear and full with a lot of depth. I’m seriously still discovering things weeks after my first listen so it really rewards multiple listens. I’m finding it’s my go to album as I travel to and from work every day. 

Night Fall is one of the highlights for me, it’s primal simplicity in the verse balancing with the feral animal mentioned in the chorus. It’s a track I often find myself skipping back to repeatedly, listening to the various vocal and instrumental hooks.

Find The Beast seems like the bastard cousin of The Urban Voodoo Machine and would have quite easily fit on any of their albums. I’d once mentioned on social media about listening to Tom Waites and Paul replied saying that if I liked Mister Waites then I’d love the album. I didn’t know how he’d manage that but with this song he invokes the feel perfectly, Paul’s raspy vocal wouldn’t be out of place in any New York dinner inhabited by any of Waites’ characters. 

Devil Man Jump is an upbeat stomper with a howling refrain of “it’s gonna tear your heart out” and a guitar solo that invokes thoughts of a restrained Tom Morello working with Bruce Springsteen. Fall From Grace features the Beast character from the past few songs crooning over a flamenco style lament. 

A regal Swimming In The Dowling Pool follows up, a tongue in cheek nod to Miro’s friends and touring mates, offering yet another different sonic palate for you to feast upon. The Only Devil swaggers up next, it’s chest puffed up whilst pointing an accusing finger with the lyric “the only devil is you”. 

Sinombré The Devil Is You (video)

The bar room piano led torch song Sun’s Gonna Shine smoulders away like a dying candle at midnight, featuring a sublime guitar solo. The album closes with a nod to it’s opener. Nothing Left Here  (Part 2) finds Paul almost resigned to his fate, trapped in a world of greed and selfishness. But remember, this is only half the story. Sinombré part 2 is yet to come and on the back of this album I really can’t wait. Hurry up and get it done Paul! 

Dandelion (Sinombré bonus track lyric video)

The PledgeMusic campaign draws to a close at the end of month and has been filled with extra treats such as an acoustic live album, bonus tracks, exclusive acoustic versions of some of the album’s songs and covers of Space Lord by Monster Magnet and a different take on the theme to the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air featuring Ryan Hamilton. You can also order tshirts, posters and a companion album, Sinombré 1b The Devil’s Arithmetic, a worthy release on its own featuring some stripped back versions of a few songs from the main album and some other new tracks that are well worth a listen to, including the fantastic Ghostheart. 

Do yourself a favour and get this ordered before time runs out or you’ll be missing out on one of the album’s of 2016.

Paul Miro’s Sinombré album on PledgeMusic


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