December 13, 2007

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The Sadies, New Seasons
Yep Roc Records, Dec. 4
The Sadies could probably open for any alt-rock band or jam band around, but how long they’ll have to play the bridesmaid is one of life’s mysteries, I suppose — they’re Awesome Opening Act the way the Tubes and the Fools and assorted other frivolous bands have it down, but Sadies aren’t frivolous, just musically compelling in a swampy but metropolitan way. In fact, there’s more talent in the bluegrass-picking fingers of the two Good brothers than in the efforts of a hundred flailing Deadly Syndromes, but you know that by now if you’ve spun your wheels trying to figure out what kind of drugs the bloggers are on down in Brooklyn. Another thing Sadies can sound like is Kings of Leon trying to nick Randy Newman, but with some neo-psychedelica thrown in. Overall it’s something you wouldn’t expect from a band with this moniker (I was quite sure it was going to be a wimp-alt affair), a mutation of picket-fence-toothed hillbilly, Jimmy Page whiz-kid finger-picking and Brian Jonestown. A- — E. W. S.