Thursday, November 15, 2007
The Sadies make it worth slogging through all the bands who got in touch with their inner cowboy thanks to The Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
For some time, The Sadies have done right by their influences – not just Gram Parsons and Roger McGuinn, to be sure – by pursuing their fancies with a fervor both single-minded and broad-minded. Their latest album, New Seasons, continues the country-rock winning streak they’ve been racking up, both on their own and with friends like Neko Case.
Produced with vintage lucidity by friend Gary Louris, New Seasons finds the fraternal team of Dallas and Travis Good once again proving that Canada’s wide-open spaces are just as inspiring as our own.
The music recalls the twangy side of Dire Straits with “What’s Left Behind,” Small Faces and Zombies psychedelia with “A Simple Aspiration” and any solid Western-swing band you please with “Introduction.” However, and of course, The Sadies most recall The Byrds in cosmic-American-music mode. But they take that music to places The Byrds never got to, and they ground it in their own sophistication.