The Sadies CD review [Yep Roc]

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The Sadies CD review [Yep Roc]
Nov 5, 2002, 22:39

THE SADIES Stories Often Told CD

Stories Often Told gallops right out of the gate, with an instrumental call to ”Lay Down Your Arms” that would've been right at home in a Sergio Leone flick. Then it gets more interesting.

The Sadies sing the songs of yesterday. Tremulous guitars and the grave, pinched baritones of brothers Dallas and Travis Good punctuate most of the tracks, but The Sadies are more than just a spaghetti-western soundtrack band. They conjure a lot of different moods and you can hear their sound evolving on this, the band's fifth album.

A plaintive steel guitar girded with just a touch of feedback seems to nod in agreement as one of the Good brothers sings about that place “in the prism of your soul, where every man must carry his own load.” It seems to be a place these guys have already found.

This is alt-country that accomplishes a lot more than just banging through some shit-kickin' country with amped up steel guitars and banjos. Stories—like Wilco's Yankee Foxtrot Hotel, has texture and feel. The guys have tried to create a new Americana disc that matters and they pretty much hit the mark. Look for better things from The Sadies in the future. This band could be around a long time. [Yep Rock]

-Michael Coleman 

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