The Sadies, New Seasons

Andrew Mueller

By Andrew Mueller

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A consistently thrilling synthesis of this Toronto band’s core country and garage rock impulses.

Though this Torontonian concern, based around the perfectly named brothers Dallas and Travis Good, have yet to achieve widespread acclaim outside their native Canada, they don't want for the appreciation of their peers. Their 2006 live album, In Concert Volume 1, featured guest appearances by, among others, former member Neko Case, Canadian country band Blue Rodeo and former Jayhawk Gary Louris — Louris stuck around to produce New Seasons, and Giant Sand's Howe Gelb also contributes piano to one track. 2007's New Seasons is by some stretch the Sadies 'best album, a consistently thrilling synthesis — or, when the mood suits, bashing together — of their core country and garage rock impulses (they can progress with startling grace from the angry clatter of "The First Inquisition" to something like "What's Left Behind," almost so graceful that Louris himself could have written it). These songs are short, the majority stating their case in comfortably under three minutes, but they're also sharp — there's no reason why any fan of the Old 97s, for example, should not also love the Sadies.