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Jon Langsford and His Sadies
Mayors of the Moon (Bloodshot Records)

By: Mark A. Lawrence the IV

When the sweet burn of the whiskey fades and the numb begins to settle, this is the music you want to hear floating across a back roads dive to find you heart broke and stupid. It's not sad music, it's everything rolled into one. It's honest music. Real music. There's no marketing mathematician somewhere thinking the next MTV-windfall-single is going to come from combining the rough voiced Welsh of Jon Langsford (The Mekons, Waco Brothers) and the Canadian Sadies; a band that plays spooky Honky-tonk one moment, and driving numbers like American Pageant the next. Mayors of the Moon, moves through the tempo and emotions with a comfortable ease, making it a pleasure to listen to. You can just sit back and watch how some master fit these songs together like bricks mortared with Whiskey, cigarettes, and unfulfilled dreams. Think Billy Braggs wondering lost in the American badlands. Langsford's lyrics show us overcast pictures that with beautiful music the Sadies flesh out. They give his stories miserable drizzle, empty horizons that stretch on forever and highways filled with truck convoys and restless spirits. You get caught up in the wonderful rise and fall of the music and the next thing you notice, the album ends and like any good Roller coaster, you want to get back on and enjoy the ride all over again. This is one of those releases that like anything off the Bloodshot label might fall into the field of alt-country, but reminds us that in a bar fight with anyone playing on CMT these boys would leave bloodied, but with little regret that they were the only ones that left the bar at all. This is a must have, pick it up and on the way back hit the liquor store for a pint of Jack and a six pack of PBR, the music will take care of the rest. Rating: A+.
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