Sarah Shook & The Disarmers (from the album Nightroamer available on Abeyance Records) (by Lee Zimmerman)
With their third album, Nightroamer, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers further refine the sound they’ve managed to make their own, one that remains true to tradition while also imbuing a sass and style that clearly sets them apart from the competition. Their affection for Bluegrass, Classic Country and a distinct Rockabilly regiment is apparent, but nothing here indicates that they’re confined to any particular template whatsoever. Indeed, that’s what makes this band the special breed they are.
That said, the new album lives up to its title, due to the fact that practically every song finds them varying their different musical motif. Opening track “Been Lovin’ You” is the most somber selection of all, although it still manages to maintain its smooth groove. The track that follows immediately after, “Somebody Else”, changes that tack and comes across as the offering that’s most decidedly determined. “If It’s Poison” reflects their affection for Honky-Tonk, and like “Please Be A Stranger”, it shows them digging deepest into their roots.
Other tracks fall somewhere in-between, whether it’s a winsome waltz shared with both “I Got This” and the title track, or the steady sashay of “Believer”. That allows the closing track, “No Mistakes”, to stand out as the most steadfast rocker of the bunch, ending the album with a fair dose of upbeat enthusiasm.
Ultimately, Nightroamer not only reflects the band’s skill and savvy, but it also affirms the fact that they’re an outfit to be reckoned with. So too, The Disamers’ latest line up — Shook on vocals and guitar, guitarist Eric Peterson, Aaron Oliva playing upright bass, and pedal steel player Phil Sullivan, along with guests Adam "Ditch" Kurtz, formerly of American Aquarium, contributing pedal steel, Skip Edwards on organ, and the renowned Pete Anderson (well known for his work with Dwight Yoakam) sitting behind the boards — affirms the fact they possess all the elements needed to create that indelible impression.
Suffice it to say, this Nightroamer is one to reckon with. (By Lee Zimmerman)
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