I much prefer Whitesnake's bluesy late seventies/early eighties efforts to their later pop metal sheen, and "Saints & Sinners" is one of the handful of Whitesnake records that truly deliver the goods.
The combination of former Deep Purple frontman David Coverdale's enormously wide-ranging sandpaper voice and guitarists Mel Galley and Mickey Moody is superb on raw blues-rock numbers like "Victim Of Love" and the classic "Crying In The Rain", as well as on power ballads like "Here I Go Again" (the original version, not the re-recorded pop metal version from the "1987" album).
There is barely a weak track on this fine album - "Love An' Affection" and "Rock An' Roll Angels" are both irrestistable, sing-along barroom boogie, equal parts Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith at their most pop radio friendly. "Rough An' Ready" is pure raunchy machismo. And "Saints & Sinners" also features one of the band's most underrated songs (it doesn't feature on any album other than this one, not even the double-disc "Silver Anniversary" anthology): "Bloody Luxury" is an irrestistable slice of melodious hard rock, boosted by fierce boogie piano playing by Jon Lord, who also plays his customary organ on several tracks.
This is a fine collection of classic AOR, big blues-and-boogie rifs and great hooks, and it is definitely among the best three or four Whitesnake albums (along with "Ready An' Willing" and "Slide It In").