For 15 years, Dallas’s Old 97’s have been blasting out the alt-country tunes, triumphing all over North America. They’ve had a remarkably successful career – at least critically – and their winning streak won’t end with their eighth record. The follow-up to 2004’s Drag It Up is a lively rock and roll affair, to say the least.
The disc has plenty of amped-up, distortion-filled moments (Ride, The Easy Way), but the band throws in more than few twangy, laid-back tracks (She Loves The Sunset, The Beautiful Thing). Infectious tunes and, most important, variety, make this another great disc in the band’s solid career.