Fight Songsby Old 97's
Texas troubadours Old 97's moved farther away from their traditional C&W sound on their 1999 release, Fight Songs, instead incorporating warmly distorted guitars and crunchy rhythms into their brash pop songs. Thankfully for fans of the band, the terrific songwriting is still there, but the sound is a little more polished than the twang-a-billy bombast of their previous album, Too Far to Care. The heavy grit of the lead track, "Jagged," is augmented by Rhett Miller and Murray Hammond's bright vocals, whereas the rhumba stylings of "What We Talk About" slinks along like two strangers locked in a tango. Songs seem more thoroughly constructed this time around, relying less on pure bravado and more on structure. That works well for the most part, but there's something lacking that was unrelenting and instantly likable in their previous release. That being said, Fight Songs is still a bright and worthwhile album with as many strong songs as any of their releases.
- Release Date:
- Elektra / Wea
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Many of this band's core fans were upset with this album, but this being the first Old 97's album I've heard, I think it's excellent. The songs are damn catchy and the lyrics are dark - my favorite combination. I find it hard to believe they can be better than this.
This is just a great cd. All of there other cds are great. Old 97s can play anykind of music genre and make it sound great. Old 97s are great.
This is a very different sound than previous albums. I thought it sucked at first... -Spanish sounds (What we talk about #5)and Torch songs (Alone so far #8)among others. Give this one multiple listens, it grows on you. No stinkers, two tracks stick out: 1)Murder(#7)-their best known song.Voted Blender top 500 song of last 25 years. 2)Crash on the barrelhead-intense folky sound, reminds me BIG TIME of classic Uncle Tupelo covering a folk classic.
Being a long-time fan of the Old 97s, this CD was an initial disappointment. However, after getting used to their new style (this is a much more polished CD as well), this is my favorite. Old fans just need to keep an open mind and play it a couple of times. New fans will like this CD the most.