Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Sadies - Pure Diamond Golddotdotdot
artworkAnother stellar disc from the Sadies. More countrified, but retaining the edge with crunchy sound and pleasing vibrato. Of the 20 tracks here, 13 are instros, some quite fit for a surf set. Four tracks are named after creeks... I wonder if there's a theme forming here.
Picks: 16 Mile Creek, Rat Creek, Medicine Ball, Only Good One, Starling Auto, Reward Of Gold, Friendly Devil, Spark Catcher, Stinking Creek, Venison Creek, Locust Eater, Cloud River, 16 Mile Creek Breakdown

Track by Track Review

16 Mile Creek dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"16 Mile Creek" is an ultra brief bumpkin' rompin' distortorama, like a strange day at the hoe-down.

Rat Creek dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Surf based western rompin' vibrato twango, in some ways reminiscent of Sweden's Bottle Ups. It has an intense throb about it, and a melodic lead line. Excellent.

Medicine Ball dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"Medicine Ball" has a kinda spaghetti western quality, though it's faster that that genre generally is. It is accompanied by ultra cool female vocalizing, which lends an air of fifties cinematic drama. Infectious and way fun.

Only Good One dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Stompin' at the square dance, guitar twangin', and lots of spunk. This is not the "Only Good One" on the disc... but it is top drawer stuff, with infectious energy.

Starling Auto dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Here we find fun flaunted like there was a law against it. Vibrato and a one-two beat, with those haunting fifties female voicings.

Reward Of Gold dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Moderate drama, fuzzy vibrato, spaghetti western leanings, and edge aplenty. This is a bouncy and memorable tune with lot's of good times in the groove it creates. Excellent!

Friendly Devil dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Slow bluesy piano and guitar, moody western sadness, like the prelude to a gunfight. You know someone's gonna die, you just don't know who.

Spark Catcher dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Too much countrified funnin', maybe more than a poor boy can stand. Like TNN wouldn't air something like this 'cuz there's not enough country moderne about it. Honest pickin' and fun.

Stinking Creek dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Crunchy "House OF The Rising Son" drama in a gingham dress with a brandin' iron close at hand. This sports a gutsy sound, and plenty of draw. Question is, where's the stink?

Venison Creek dotdotdotdot
Link Wray Country (Instrumental)

Slow throbbing vibrato, like Link Wray at a Tennessee mud bath. Very cool, and quite edgie. It totally collapses at the end.

Locust Eater dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Sorta country, sorta folkie, definitely fun. The violin and the riff remind me of some of the early Cat Mother and the Allnight News Boys tracks like "I Must Be Dreamin'." Makes ya' hungry, don't it!

Cloud River dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar, slow tempo, delicately played out, and sad... The moanin' female voice tells of the pain of loss, or is that constipation. Pretty cool.

16 Mile Creek Breakdown dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

The same tune as "16 Mile Creek," but with banjo, fiddle, and acoustic guitar for that authentic breakdown sound. Tasty.