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Classic Album Review: The Sadies | Tremendous Efforts

The alt-country bros live by a credo: It don’t mean a thang if it ain’t got that twang.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Country & western, surf, bluegrass, folk, honky-tonk, garage-rock, spaghetti-western soundtracks. They all have one thing in common — twang.

But while everyone knows what twang sounds like, few have mastered it. The Sadies have twang in their blood. Singer-guitarist brothers Travis and Dallas Good are the sons of Bruce Good, of country legends The Good Brothers. And they’ve earned their stripes backing musical mavericks from Neko Case to Andre Williams. On this third CD from their own quartet, the Goods toss all those influences into a 10-gallon hat and hold a musical raffle. The prizes? A selection of surfy C&W (Pass the Chutney), classic R&B (Loved-On Look), Morricone mood music (Empty the Chamber), Twin Peaks balladry (Last of the Good), bluegrass (Ridge Runner Rag) and cosmic country (Wasn’t Born to Follow) — each cut tastier than the last. Sometimes raucous, sometimes reserved, but always eclectic and magnetic, The Sadies’ latest lives by its own credo: It don’t mean a thang if it ain’t got that twang.