Greater Hope Baptist Church is the heartbeat of Cypress, GA a southern town outside Atlanta which evolved into a city over the years. The church began as a 10-member congregation when the Civil Rights Movement was at its height and being young, black and alone at night was a hazard of circumstance. As times changed, the congregation grew and so did its influence in Cypress. When a violent murder rocks the community, the church that holds the secrets of the entire town is at risk of imploding. For it seems at Greater Hope, only God and the Devil can tell the difference between a saint and a sinner.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Saints & Sinners - Saints & Sinners (All Saints album) - Netflix
Saints & Sinners is the second studio album by British-Canadian girl group All Saints. It was released three years after their debut album, All Saints. The album reached number one in the UK, their only album to do so. Three tracks on the album were produced by William Orbit, best known for his work with Madonna on her Ray of Light album. The album received mixed reviews from music critics, praising the singles and the new direction of music, while some felt it was too similar to the Spice Girls and Madonna's album Ray of Light. Three singles were released from the album: “Pure Shores”, “Black Coffee” and “All Hooked Up”. Promo copies of the track “Surrender” began circulating in early January 2001, indicating it would have been the fourth proper single from the album had the group not disbanded soon after the album's release. The first single from the album, the Orbit-produced “Pure Shores”, preceded the album by several months, having been previously released on the soundtrack for the 2000 film The Beach. It topped the UK Singles Chart and was certified Platinum. Second single “Black Coffee” also got to number one in the UK, whilst final single “All Hooked Up” peaked at number seven. The majority of the songs were written by Shaznay Lewis and Karl Gordon. Melanie Blatt wrote two tracks on the album, “I Feel You” and “Ha Ha”, the former track being written in dedication to her daughter, while Natalie Appleton co-wrote the track “Dreams” with Samantha Fox. Fox said she is credited on the song as “Karen Wilkin” because All Saints refused to record the song if she used her real name. Commercially, Saints & Sinners wasn't as successful as its preceding album.
Saints & Sinners - Critical reception - Netflix
Saints & Sinners received mixed reviews from music critics. NME stated: “It's better than the new Spice Girls record. But really, that's not good enough.” They criticised the group's lack of new musical direction, saying “[...] But since the release of their first album and their meteoric rise to tabloid infamy, they seem to be on a mission to tear down that credibility, brick by brick.” Although praising the singles, they concluded that “For a British pop album, 'Saints And Sinners' is simply passable.” Entertainment.ie however were more positive, giving it four stars out of five. They felt that “Saints and Sinners is a confident set of vibrant R'n'B songs driven by swirling dance rhythms and some luscious harmonies.” They further judged: “At heart the Saints are superlative singers and the unique chemistry conjured up by their four individual voices makes this one of the best pop albums of the year.” Despite AllMusic not reviewing the album, they awarded it three stars out of five. They highlighted “Pure Shores”, “Black Coffee” and “Dreams” as the album's standout tracks. Nigel Packer from BBC Music gave Saints & Sinners a positive review, but remarked: “It's a sign of just what Saints and Sinners might have been with Orbit at the helm throughout. Instead we're left with one strong EP trapped inside a pretty run-of-the-mill album.”
Saints & Sinners - References - Netflix