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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
"You're a bottle cap away from pushin' me too far," sings Rhett Miller on the title track of Old 97's' Drag It Up, and those who hold the band near and dear to their hearts will be overjoyed to hear that the album just gets more heartbroken after that. "Won't Be Home" is a headfirst leap into the group's trademark sound -- with a fiery blast of Ken Bethea's Telecaster and a dirty stumble from Philip Peeples' kit, the first song rips through Miller's familiar croon buoyed by bassist Murry Hammond's bright harmonies. This earthy return to form will be welcomed by those who thought their last album, Satellite Rides, and Miller's solo excursion were too slick, and if anything, ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
"You're a bottle cap away from pushin' me too far," sings Rhett Miller on the title track of Old 97's' Drag It Up, and those who hold the band near and dear to their hearts will be overjoyed to hear that the album just gets more heartbroken after that. "Won't Be Home" is a headfirst leap into the group's trademark sound -- with a fiery blast of Ken Bethea's Telecaster and a dirty stumble from Philip Peeples' kit, the first song rips through Miller's familiar croon buoyed by bassist Murry Hammond's bright harmonies. This earthy return to form will be welcomed by those who thought their last album, Satellite Rides, and Miller's solo excursion were too slick, and if anything, it seems as though the boys took special care to keep some raw edges on the recording. On the rock numbers, Bethea's guitar frequently bursts beautifully into the red, tearing holes in the already volatile structure of the song, and on occasion, the drums mischievously threaten to rattle the whole train off the tracks, but like the hero in an old kinetoscope, the whole band swoops down in the nick of time to rescue the damsel tied to the tracks. A handful of the songs are rumored to be from a Ranchero Brothers album that Miller and Hammond have been threatening to complete for years, and a few of the more straightforward countrified numbers, like "Blinding Sheets of Rain," "Bloomington," and the breathy "In the Satellite Rides a Star," are likely candidates. Ken Bethea offers his lead vocals for the first time on the slightly goofy but engaging Tex-Mex shuffle "Coahuila," which may not fit exactly in the round hole of the album, but offers a light smile amidst the bombast and heartbreak of the rest of the songs. Drag It Up culminates in a sparse and haunting ode to an Austin pal who was killed by a drunk driver, and while a "tribute" song could induce eye-rolling and saccharine gagging, Old 97's keep it simple and heartfelt, and it ends the evening perfectly. Overall, through the last decade it seems as though Old 97's haven't lost a whit of their spark, and while they may have traded in some of their youthful punk rock spastic enthusiasm, they've replaced it with a world-wise wit and a smart approach to how a rock & roll record should be made in 2004. Their sly references and sad-sack tales might sound alternately cocky or corny if they didn't back up their words with a strong right hook and a pawn-shop handkerchief to wipe away the tears, and as the album is "gettin' smaller in the rear-view mirror," the first impulse is to turn the car around and drive right back through the whole thing again. [The album was reissued in a deluxe version in 2012, with four live tracks added to the CD and a DVD that includes video of the 2004 performance the live tracks are taken from, a 12-minute long documentary, and the video for "In the Satellite Rides a Star."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396625826
  • Catalog Number: 6258
  • Sales rank: 150,483

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Won't Be Home (4:48)
  2. 2 Moonlight (3:40)
  3. 3 Borrowed Bride (2:08)
  4. 4 Smokers (3:52)
  5. 5 Coahuila (2:27)
  6. 6 Blinding Sheets of Rain (3:20)
  7. 7 Nalium Waltz (4:39)
  8. 8 The Satellite Rides a Star (4:40)
  9. 9 The New Kid (3:41)
  10. 10 Bloomington (3:27)
  11. 11 Adelaide (3:30)
  12. 12 Friends Forever (3:08)
  13. 13 No Mother (5:09)
  14. 14 Won't Be Home (5:20)
  15. 15 Smokers (4:10)
  16. 16 Friends Forever (3:34)
  17. 17 The New Kid (3:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Live!: Won't Be Home/Smokers/Friends Forever/The New Kid
  2. 2 Old 97's Mini-Documentary
  3. 3 In the Satellite Rides a Star
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Old 97's Primary Artist
Rhett Miller Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Murry Hammond Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Shaker
Ken Bethea Guitar, Accordion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Philip Peeples Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Shaker
Craig Packham Tambourine
Mitch Manker Trumpet
Archie Thompson Piano
Technical Credits
Guy Charbonneau Engineer
Jim DeMain Remastering
Jon Fine Camera Operator
Danny Goldberg Management
Peter Jesperson Reissue Producer
Joel Bluestein Engineer
Old 97's Composer
Kevin Gray Mastering
Kevin French Booking
Mark Neill Producer, Engineer
Clark Vogeler Director, Producer
Brady Brock Publicity
Gary Briggs Producer
Traci Goudie Artwork
Paul Moore Reissue Design
Jesse Bauer Management
Michael Ruthig Producer, Executive Producer
Brandon Trost Producer, Cinematography
Amanda Hale-Ornelas Publicity
Justin Barclay Authoring
Jeff Richter Camera Operator
Andy Mendelsohn Producer
Chuck Ozeas Camera Operator
Mark Johnson Camera Operator
Doug Biro Director, Producer, Camera Operator
George Mays Camera Operator
Alan Deutsch Camera Operator
Zachary Mortensen Producer
Keven McAlester Director, Producer
Robbie Knauss Camera Operator
Sarah Hepola Liner Notes
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