With 1999's Fight Songs, Dallas's catchiest little twang-rock band proved they were never really that beholden to country-western conceits after all, softening the backwoods kick of their earlier recordings in favor of singer/songwriter Rhett Miller's burgeoning melodic strengths. Although its polished eclecticism may have put off some longtime fans, that album proved to be a key transitional step towards the consistently great Satellite Rides. From the opening power-pop squeal of "King of All the World" to the closing anguished kiss-off of "Nervous Guy," the band balances Miller's yearning, often-sardonic wordplay with whip-smart hooks and a lean but potent guitar charge. "I believe in love, but it don't believe in me" goes one of Miller's typically double-sided romantic sentiments (in "Rollerskate Skinny"). "Do you wanna mess around?" he asks a potential valentine in "Buick City Complex" as a small town decays around them. No matter how bad things may look, the Old 97's can always find a reason to kick up their boot heels -- and you'll find it hard not to follow suit.
|Label:||Elektra / Wea|
Performance CreditsOld 97's Primary Artist
Rhett Miller Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Mouth Trumpet
Murry Hammond Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ken Bethea Acoustic Guitar,Accordion,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar
Philip Peeples Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Shaker
Technical CreditsTchad Blake Engineer
Carl Plaster Drum Technician
Wally Gagel Producer,Engineer
Old 97's Composer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Rhett Miller Producer
Robert Carranza Engineer
John Heiden Art Direction
Murry Hammond Producer
Philip Peeples Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Satellite Rides is a real, rockin' album from the Old 97's. It still has influences of their earlier y'alternative music, but has rock 'n roll, British Invasion roots, too. Their thought provoking, heart-on-the-sleeve vocals blend with the Dylan-reminiscent sound awesomely. All in all, a damn good album.
The Old 97's have provided yet another masterful album. Miller's clever hooks and lyrical genius reveal a refreshing literary intellect to their songs, which is hard to come by in any genre. The album is marked with a clean, yet energetic sound. Miller does more than sing, he speaks to your soul. A meld of bluegrass, pop, rock, and a few others, this album can be enjoyed by almost anyone.