THE SADIES Stories Often Told (Outside) Rating: NN
Heretofore known as the Sadies' "up in smoke" session, the slow 'n' sloppy Stories Often Told album comes off like a woozy basement tape recorded in the haze after a long night of blinding revelry. Unable to decide whether to go for a Lee Hazlewood or Byrds concept, the boys split the difference with a Burrito Brothers trip and get lost in a puff of smoke. It appears that "producer" Greg Keelor was too deep in the action to remember that Blue Rodeo were also using the song Stories Often Told under its alternate title, Palace Of Gold, for their album of the same name -- d'oh! The dead-ass downtempo ballads underscore the crippling limitations of Dallas Good's weedy voice and make hiding the album's lone keeper -- sung by brother Travis -- as a secret bonus track all the more puzzling. The Sadies check into Lee's Palace Friday (October 18).