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Andre Williams & the Sadies

Precious Moments – 1998 (Bloodshot)

Reviewed by Eric Zehnbauer

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The Sadies have a decidedly different sound, one that many country fans may find wanting because there's not a whole lot of country on it. Rather, it's more of a Ennio Morricone meets The Ventures - call it "spaghetti surf."

Blending the styles of spaghetti western themes with surf guitar licks, The Sadies come up with a lot of very entertaining instrumental tracks such as "Dying is Easy" and "Clam Chowder." There are a few country tracks, including the murder ballad "Pretty Polly" and the humorous hillbilly stomp "Tell Her Lies and Feed Her Candy." A standout track is "Little Sadie," a reworked version of "Cocaine Blues," which works very well. Other tracks don't, including "Barbarosa," a terrible alterna-rock screecher.

The Sadies are for those interested in surf-influenced instrumentals.