Guests abound, giving the album a down-home jam feeling akin to The Last Waltz. No surprise, then, Garth Hudson sits in during a reading of the band's “Evangeline.” Other friends include the Jayhawks' Gary Louis, Neko Case, Jon Spencer and over a dozen more.
Music careens from surf-rock (“Snow Squad”), lysergic material (Pink Floyd's “Lucifer Sam”), pedal-steel gestures (renditions of the Louvin Brothers and Roger Miller) and much more. It's hard to imagine anyone whiplashing from genre to genre with such enthusiasm, energy and finesse. The sureness the Sadies bring to this amalgam is distinct and transcends the influences that underpin these blissful performances.