michael gallucci

ALBUM REVIEW — OLD 97’S

In Uncategorized on 09/27/2010 at 11:12 am

OLD 97’S

The Grand Theatre Volume One

(New West)

After 2008’s dismal Blame It on Gravity, Old 97’s get some of their mojo back on their eighth studio album. Recorded mostly live at a 100-year-old hall in their hometown of Dallas, the first part of The Grand Theatre (the second will arrive sometime next year) isn’t a stuffy, haughty artifact, like the title implies. In fact, it’s the band’s loosest set of rockers since 2001’s Satellite Rides. Frontman Rhett Miller takes some of the big pop hooks found on his solo albums and applies them to Old 97’s’ familiar alt-country stomps. “Every Night Is Friday Night (Without You)” and “The Magician” charge forward without stopping to glance at the trail of damage behind them. And “Champaign, Illinois” rewrites Bob Dylan’s classic “Desolation Row” as a less bleak place. The Grand Theatre Volume One hits a roadblock for two blah songs by the band’s bass player, but for most of the ride it’s full steam ahead.

Advertisements
  1. You must have listened to the wrong album because Murry’s tracks kick ass. You Smoke Too Much is one of the highlights.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: