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The Sadies

Tales of the Rat Fink

Original Soundtrack

(Yep Roc; US: 17 Oct 2006; UK: 30 Oct 2006)

Following up their brilliant live album, the Sadies continue to prove they’re as fun as any band around right now. Tales of the Rat Fink, the soundtrack to the mostly-animated movie, is a slight little disc, but in tearing through 26 tracks in half an hour, it’s a reminder that not all rock albums should be big art. If you get past the bothersome cover art, you’ll find a mash of mostly instrumental surf and rockabilly tracks. The Sadies, who may or may not be part of any of a number of genres, dive into muscle cars and duck tails. Pick any track at random and it represents the album; there aren’t standout tracks here any more than there are let downs, with Rat Fink providing a sort of unified chaos. The Good brothers and company have no interest in making exceptional music, which is, of course, how really fun records get made.

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Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.


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