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Album Review

Few bands approach the sheer versatility of the Sadies, live or on disc. On Pure Diamond Gold (the follow-up to their stellar debut, Precious Moments), the band lurches from Johnny Cash-inspired storytelling country ("It's Nothing to Me," "I Tried Not To") to Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet influenced-surf instrumentals ("Rat Creek," "Venison Creek), while veering off into Nuggets-era garage rock ("Talkin' Down," "Walking Boss") and hillbilly rock and gospel ("16 Mile Creek," "16 Mile Creek Breakdown," "Higher Power"). Pure Diamond Gold consists of songs recorded on two separate occasions — one a 24-track session with Steve Albini, the second an eight-track session (dubbed the "seven o'clock chicken" session) with Don Pyle (of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet) — however, despite the differences, the songs hang together well as a whole. In addition to the slew of strong tracks already mentioned, the Sadies best moments here come in the form of the haunting "Eastwinds" (with vocals provided by Catherine Irwin of Freakwater), the surrealistic plane crash narrative of "With a Splash," and the slow-building instrumental "Cloud Rider" (complete with "howling" provided by the family dog). For fans of country-tinged, twangy rock, it doesn't get much better than this.

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the most accomplished bands to emerge from the North American indie and roots rock scene, the Sadies are an eclectic group led by brothers Dallas Good and Travis Good, who've crafted a distinctive sound, absorbing influences from traditional country, surf music, and garage rock, and bending it into something unique with their estimable instrumental skills. Hailing from Toronto, Dallas and Travis came from a musical family; their father Bruce Good and uncles Brian Good and Larry Good were members...
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