|1. If You Knew|
|2. Soulful Shade of Blue|
|4. Train from Kansas City|
|5. The Tigers Have Spoken|
|9. Rated X|
|10. This Little Light|
|11. Wayfaring Stranger|
The covers heavy nature of the set shouldn't put you off either as none are especially well known (save the traditional 'Wayfaring stranger' which is only partially live and very lovely and lonely)
Buffy Saint Maries 'Soulful shade of blue' suits Nekos BIG but controlled voice perfectly and the girl group shimmy of 'Train from Kansas city' shows off the Sadies excellent indie/country/60's pop guitar sound as well as backing vocals from, among others, the Alt Country goddess Carolyn Mark.
It's short and punchy and mostly very beguiling - not at all like the standard live album (not an extended guitar jam in site)
With rollicking good time tunes ('Loretta' is like a very up beat version of the Velvet Underground and 'Rated X' is what I believe we used to call CowPunk)
The next album is bound to be a belter and is coming soon but in the meantime this is a very welcome stop gap indeed
And it's not just Neko. The Sadies turn in a virtuoso performance as her backing band (check out the snare on "Train" and the guitars on "Loretta"), and Kelly Hogan and Carolyn Mark on harmonies make what would have been great performances anyway simply sublime. I'd really love to hear a studio album from this lineup.
Yes, "The Tigers Have Spoken" is kind of short. Yes, it's covers-heavy. Yes, it's a little muddy. But these are such great performances it simply doesn't matter. This is truly one of those live albums that stands alongside, if not surpasses, the artist's studio work.
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