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Serving as the ideal apex between the Old 97's' Texas twang and smart pop fascinations, Too Far to Care is instantly catchy and endearing, channeling heartbreaking desert soul and punk-fueled swagger all at the same time. Chief songwriter Rhett Miller turns a phrase like a doorknob and opens doors to dusty barrooms and tattered bedrooms, both containing the same boozy characters in various states of emotional undress. The initial blast of "Timebomb" carries through the first three songs, relenting finally in the breathy croon of "Salome," accented warmly by bassist Murry Hammond's light harmonies and guitarist Ken Bethea's airy tremolo-heavy guitar. Other highlights include...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Serving as the ideal apex between the Old 97's' Texas twang and smart pop fascinations, Too Far to Care is instantly catchy and endearing, channeling heartbreaking desert soul and punk-fueled swagger all at the same time. Chief songwriter Rhett Miller turns a phrase like a doorknob and opens doors to dusty barrooms and tattered bedrooms, both containing the same boozy characters in various states of emotional undress. The initial blast of "Timebomb" carries through the first three songs, relenting finally in the breathy croon of "Salome," accented warmly by bassist Murry Hammond's light harmonies and guitarist Ken Bethea's airy tremolo-heavy guitar. Other highlights include the high-speed chase of "Melt Show," the reckless surge of "House That Used to Be," and their confident re-recording of "Big Brown Eyes" originally appearing on their 1995 album Wreck Your Life. Throughout the album, Miller's swooning howl aches with too many miles on the road and too many lonely nights -- familiar topics to be sure, but he still manages to tackle them like he invented heartache. The curse of Old 97's may be that country fans consider it too rock & roll, and rock fans can't get past the twang, but for those who dip both feet into these streams, it really doesn't get any better than this band and this album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/1997
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596205023
  • Catalog Number: 62050

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Timebomb (3:08)
  2. 2 Barrier Reef (3:49)
  3. 3 Broadway (3:22)
  4. 4 Salome (4:07)
  5. 5 W. TX Teardrops (3:05)
  6. 6 Melt Show (3:07)
  7. 7 Streets of Where I'm From (3:15)
  8. 8 Big Brown Eyes (4:23)
  9. 9 Just Like California (2:33)
  10. 10 Curtain Calls (4:18)
  11. 11 Nite Club (3:49)
  12. 12 House That Used to Be (4:08)
  13. 13 Four Leaf Clover (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Old 97's Primary Artist
Exene Cervenka Vocals
Wally Gagel Percussion, Piano, Mellotron
Rhett Miller Guitar, Vocals
Murry Hammond Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ken Bethea Guitar
Philip Peeples Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Carl Plaster Contributor, Drum Technician
Wally Gagel Producer, Engineer
Dave Collins Mastering
Jim De Barros Art Direction
Rhett Miller Contributor
Sue Kapa Engineer
Murry Hammond Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why Classify?

    This is a great CD from a band that suffers from others not being able to neatly classify their genre. You don't need to really. Just listen and let Rhett Miller describe his quirky, funny, sometimes disturbing world. Terrific songs backed by an almost understated proficiency on their respective instruments due to the fact that what they play fits so well within the framework of those tunes. Philip Peeples is a frenetic drummer who threatens to steal the show at times. Check this one out and enjoy original, first-class songcraft.

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    Posted November 9, 2008

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