The Grand Theatre Vol. 2
Old 97’s recorded this two-album project mostly live at a century-old hall in Dallas. The first part, which came out last year, was a blast of renewed spirit for the band, which is approaching its 20th anniversary. The second volume of songs from the same sessions sounds like the leftovers. From the light shuffle “Brown Haired Daughter” to barroom rocker “I’m a Trainwreck” to the ’60s-pop posturing of “Perfume,” The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 rarely kicks up much dust on the alt-country playground, settling instead for the textbook torch and twang found on most Old 97’s albums since 2004’s Drag It Up. And the bass player sings a pirate song that may be the worst thing they ever recorded.