"Night & Day"
Andre Williams & The Sadies
Yep Roc Records
Mixing it up is all the rage these days. Pairing legendary Chicago in-your-face soulster Andre Willimas ("Bacon Fat") with Toronto's The Sadies draws from opposite ends of the spectrum but finds plenty of common ground.
This set, produced by Jon Spencer, leads off with the irresistible "I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail," a swampy Southern Culture groove with B-52's-styled backups and Williams' Barry White-meets-Red Foxx half-sung vocals.
Next up is "America (You Say 'A Change is Gonna Come')." Over a fright-night musical bed of cheesy organ that's reminiscent of creepy Memphis singer/songwriter Johnny Dowd, Williams imparts: "Livin' in America ain't no fun . . . without cash you're trash . . . it's better than livin' in Africa."
Other notable tracks include the autobiographical "The Seventy Year Old" (Andre's age at the time of the recording), the surf-rocking "One-Eyed Jack," the Chet Atkins-gone-bad "Hey Baby!" and the beauty-and-the-beast dancehall duet "That's My Desire," with Sallie Timms.