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New Seasons CD (2007)

Artist: Sadies

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Astounding collection of Americana sounds

by on 10/29/2007

The Sadies newest amalgam of Americana sounds is simply breathtaking. They careen through hot-picked bluegrass, grungy post-punk garage psych, firebrand electric country-rock, badlands western and drag-and-surf with impressive instrumental chops and a master's disregard for coloring across the lines. Especially impressive is that they never sound like dilettantish genre-hoppers; segueing from the Shadows of Knight meets Gun Club grunge of "The First Inquistion (Part 4)" to the Clarence White styled guitar picking sparks of "What's Left Behind" they're completely fluid, with the difference in the songs' sonic temperaments overruled by matching moods of urgency. ¶ Several musical threads bind the band's influences together. Extended codas bring several songs to rest, with a waltz-time restatement ending "Anna Leigh" and an extended fusillade of guitars taking "The Trial" into a blurred sunset dissolve. The cinematic nature of that western imagery is repeated in the surf-meets-Morricone instrumental that closes the album, "The Last Inquisition (Part 5)," and the rolling rhythms of "Yours to Discover" and "The Trial" are equal parts dusty trail and '60s folk, with the former sung hushed and low, the latter Leonard Cohen bitter. Several songs would have sounded at home in the early '80s Paisley Underground revival. "My Heart of Wood" has a diffused guitar line that brings to mind The Dream Syndicate, "A Simple Aspiration" takes the psych and garage sounds onto the terrain of The Leaving Trains or Droogs, and The Byrdsian "The Land Between" could have turned up in the catalog of The Long Ryders. None are derivative, but the Good brothers have clearly been drinking from the same musical spring as these predecessors. ¶ The lyrical mood is often dissolute, turning nearly suicidal on "Sunset to Dawn." There's a strain of fatalism that opens "The Trial" with the lyric "I wish that I could be the way that I once was / But God's got other plans for me," and preordination marks the protagonists of both "Yours to Discover" and "Anna Leigh." The dark themes are echoed in the band's music, with atmospheric, low-stringed guitar solos and rhythms that canter like a chasing posse. These songs are remarkably complete works, with lyrics that are both allusive and concrete, and instrumental backings that offer both the foreground joys of fleet string picking and the superbly anchoring rhythm work of drummer Mike Belitsky and bassist Sean Dean. The few tracks that aren't blindingly impressive only pale in comparison to the brilliance of the opening and closing salvos. This is a disc that will stick in your CD player for days at a time and have you hitting the repeat button to hear individual tracks over again. [©2007 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Label Redeye Distribution
SKU 205761145
UPC 634457214828
UPC 14 00634457214828
Format CD
Release Date 10/2/2007
Author Sadies
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Artist Sadies
Label Yep Roc Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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