Drag It Up

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of alt-country's most spirited and witty bands, Dallas combo the Old 97's reconvene after three years to release their sixth album, Drag It Up, a countrified slab of hard-rocking tunes with a taste of Cajun spice and a skewed yet whimsical worldview, courtesy of singer-guitarist Rhett Miller. The easygoing rhythm, twangy guitar, and reminiscence of a "thin girl who had substance" clue in the uninitiated on the irresistible charms of "Bloomington," which clearly holds a revered place in the Old 97's pantheon. Stasis down on the bayou informs the laid-back, Cajun-flavored arrangement in "Coahuila," whose narrator has come to realize that "any girl worth having wouldn't...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of alt-country's most spirited and witty bands, Dallas combo the Old 97's reconvene after three years to release their sixth album, Drag It Up, a countrified slab of hard-rocking tunes with a taste of Cajun spice and a skewed yet whimsical worldview, courtesy of singer-guitarist Rhett Miller. The easygoing rhythm, twangy guitar, and reminiscence of a "thin girl who had substance" clue in the uninitiated on the irresistible charms of "Bloomington," which clearly holds a revered place in the Old 97's pantheon. Stasis down on the bayou informs the laid-back, Cajun-flavored arrangement in "Coahuila," whose narrator has come to realize that "any girl worth having wouldn't have a thing to do with me." "Adelaide," on the other hand, is a sensitive, acoustic-driven recollection of a gal whose broken promises leave a guy appealing to Heaven for help in getting through the days. Similarly, the grunge-propelled "Friends Forever" takes a hard-charging look at the fleeting pleasures of high school chums who have gone their separate ways. And far more seriously, the dirgelike "No Mother" finds a suicide victim looking back in sorrow at his decision and lamenting that "no mother should ever have to lose a son" -- adding, in true Miller fashion, the slightly sarcastic postscript, "especially such a handsome one." Musically and lyrically, Drag It Up will have you rethinking the greater meaning of ordinary experience, even as it reels and rocks.
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 heartbroke 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 the band has not 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 the band 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396605729
  • Catalog Number: 6057
  • Sales rank: 117,941

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 Valium Waltz (4:39)
  8. 8 In 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 (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Old 97's Primary Artist
Mitch Manker & His Brass Section Trumpet
Rhett Miller Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Murry Hammond Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Ken Bethea Guitar, Accordion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Philip Peeples Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Shaker, Group Member
Craig Packham Tambourine
Mitch Manker Trumpet
Archie Thompson Piano
Sarah Neill Piano
Technical Credits
Joel Bluestein Engineer
Old 97's Composer
Mark Neill Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Kevin L. Gray Mastering
Traci Goudie Artwork
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Catches the Old 97s at near peak.

    While Drag It Up is not their best album, it catches the Old 97s at near peak powers.<BR/><BR/>"Won't Be Home" is a great lead off track. "Moonlight" is also a memorable song. "Bloomington" is catchy. "Blinding Sheets of Rain" and "The Satellite Rides a Star" are memorable ballads. "Coahilla", "New Kid", and "Friends Forever" are also worth mentioning. <BR/><BR/>Good album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Im not sure what to think

    In a word: confusing. I guess the main problem with this album is that it will inevitably be compared with Sattelite Rides: a comparison that few records could survive because SR was a great album. Drag It Up is not great. It's hardly even good. It is becoming more and more obvious that creative control of the band is less and less in the hands of Rhett Miller....I find it hard to believe that a musician of his incredible talent thinks Drag It Up is a good album. Don't get me wrong, it has its bright spots like "The New Kid" and "Adelaid", but the rest of the album lacks direction and sounds like a lousy high school band with a good singer. Hopefully this is just Rhett Millers way of keeping his bandmates happy while he works on his 2nd solo album. Speaking of which, obviously former Old 97s record label Elektra realizes where the talent is in this band. C-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Band Ever!!!!!

    I love this band! The Best Band Ever! The song 'Won't Be Home' has a Too Far To Care feel to it. Also 'The New Kid' is a great song as well. To me, 'Smokers' has a Dick Dale type of sound and is one of the better songs on this CD. You will also find 'No Mother' to be a very moving song. You should by now have all the Old 97s CD's, so buy this CD NOW!!!

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