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At first glance, it may seem that Toronto's Sadies have merely stood pat with their trademark blend of psychedelic country and twangy surf rock. But theirs has been a sly evolution, and Favourite Colours, their fifth full-length (not including various collaborations), finds them masterfully honing and building on their core sound. There's an emerging depth and pensiveness to their songwriting, a growing sense of spirituality and drama. The imagery is grand and vivid, seemingly drifting from utopian to apocalyptic. The heart of the album is a three-part suite (broken up by a dense, cinematic instrumental) that perfectly exemplifies the Sadies' deft balance of the ominous and the uplifting. The gentle steel and delicate acoustic strumming of "1000 Cities Falling (Part 1)" gives way to the trippy, atmospheric "Song of the Chief Musician (Part 2)" before culminating with the bright, sunny, 12-string-driven "Why Be So Curious? (Part 3)" with its refrain: "why be so curious when nobody knows the truth?" In this balance between tension and consolation one can hear echoes of '60s "cosmic cowboys" the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and Flying Burrito Brothers. Exclusive company indeed, but with their sharp, fluid playing and broadening lyrical and musical scope, the Sadies are fast earning these comparisons. --Marc Greilsamer

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A seamless, melodic blend of psychedelia and C&W…the songs and instrumentals here hang together beautifully. -- MOJO - Four Stars

Combining American groove rock with Spicy Western flavor, the Sadies have created yet another eerie and epic piece of work. -- Rolling Stone

They’ve managed to find that perfect balance. Nothing on Favourite Colours sounds like a detour … -- Pitchfork


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B0002MHESC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,730 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L.B. on December 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Favourite Colours" is a successful departure from The Sadies' brand of surfer country music, drawing on the delightful strangeness of the Good brothers, Dallas and Travis, to extend their reach into the realms of Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead. More introspective and meandering this time, The Sadies take the psychedelic elements that have always been underpinning their hard-to-classify music and explore them at greater length. The result is more evidence that The Sadies are one of the most creative bands around today.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Outside Looking In on February 25, 2005
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I saw the Sadies perform a set of their own and then back up Neko Case in Boston a few weeks ago. I really appreciate the way they sound on Cases' live album, "The Tigers Have Spoken," but after buying their own "Favourite Colours" I wish I knew the music on this CD when I saw them.

We cannot seem to critique music these days without saying that it is "a cross between X and Y." So, okay, here goes my take: the Sadies' sound on "Favourite Colours" is a cross between the Byrds' "Notorious Bird Brothers" and Buffalo Springfield's "Expecting to Fly" (the great Jack Nitzsche-produced Neil Young song).

The studio serves the Sadies well on this release. They are a great live band, as demonstrated by the set I saw and Cases' album, but their intricate playing is really captured on this CD. The bass is nice and full and the drum sound brings to mind the way drums were recorded and mixed in the late `60s and early `70s. This CD is a mixture of vocal numbers (Travis Good's singing brings to mind Commander Cody's John Tichy) and evocative instrumentals.

They were selling the vinyl edition of this album at the Neko Case show. I wish I had bought one, after hearing the CD. (Vinyl for home, CD for the car).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MajicRay on February 15, 2006
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The Sadies are new to me;I found this cd in the library. I picked it up because of the picture on the cover--these guys look cool. But to get to the review--if you like the Byrds country period-- you will like this. I liked the instrumentals--contrary to some of the other reviewers. They have a country hippy rock mixed with a strange surf rock guitar at times. The vocals are sort of like the Greatfull Dead meet the Byrds. Great dream trance like feeling when listening to this cd. So if you like Hippy country --get this you won't be disapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Walenta on July 1, 2007
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By now you know they're Canadian and if you don't, then the fact that they spell `Favorite' and `Colors' with a "u" should give you a clue. On their fifth full length album, Toronto's cosmic cowboys serve up their customary combination of psychedelic country-rock instrumentals and songs with dark and brooding lyrics. "Favourite Colours" opens with "Northumberland West", an instrumental that culls and blends Byrds and Outlaws chords. The Sadies then get right to the point of their observation in the next three songs, being that the world is in pretty bad shape what with global terrorism, unending regional wars and impending ecological disaster. That the Byrds influence is strongest on "Favourite Colours" adds sonic context to the consciousness-raising warnings embedded in these songs. A highlight is "Why Be So Curious (Part 3)", which borrows heavily not only from Blue Rodeo's 2002 tune "Already Undone" but also from the Seekers' electric folk-rock. Early Pink Floyd can also be heard in "As Much As Such". Robyn Hitchcock and Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor add guest vocals to songs that wouldn't seem out of place had they been recorded in 1966.

That the Sadies are able to seamlessly weave all of their obviously favorite influences into a sound that is uniquely their own, reveals a band that is creating exciting and vital music that stands a bit outside of the alt-country genre. One gets the sense that their Canadian-ness allows them the freedom to not only assume the stance of not so neutral observers, but to gleefully ransack rock's vaults, garages and groove yards for neat riffs, melodies and styles that help to genuinely rekindle the spirit of the sixties, when speaking one's mind on record got people together and talking. And if you think the closer "Why Would Anybody Live Here?
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Don't Rock, Wobble on August 30, 2004
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The Sadies have returned with their best album so far. Equal parts Byrds, Wilco, and Meat Puppets, the (incredibly tall) fellows from The Sadies are giants who stand on the shoulders of giants.

If you get the chance to see The Sadies play live, you certainly should do it. I caught them in Nashville in 2003, where they very graciously played about a thousand songs over three incredibly solid sets -- and no two songs sounded alike.

(If you happen to catch The Sadies performing as the backing band for Neko Case, please tell them to come back to Nashville and leave Neko at the Tennessee state line. She's wonderfully talented, but we're tired of her being so condescending every time she visits.)
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