Old 97's - Wreck Your Life
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Wreck Your Life (Bloodshot, 1996)

Old 97's

Reviewed by Eric Zehnbauer

These boys from Texas prove themselves to be one of the brightest lights in the alternative-country sky with this latest CD. If this were a vinyl LP, this reviewer's copy would've long ago had the grooves worn through on the number one album release of 1995. Marked by Rhett Miller's superb songwriting and equally excellent vocal work from Miller and bassist Murray Hammond, this album never disappoints. From lead guitarist Ken Bethea's opening chords at the intro to "Victoria" to the last note of the closer, "Going Going Gone," this band proves why the Dallas Observer just recently voted them the best country band in Dallas for 1995. Besides their own tunes, the 97's perform a raucous cover of "Over the Cliff," by Jon (Mekons) Langford and a version of "You Belong to My Heart," made popular by Bing Crosby in the 1940s, that would have Der Bingle spinning in his grave! There's also a revved-up version of the bluegrass chestnut, "My Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin'," and a lovely mid-tempo ballad, "Old Familiar Steam," featuring a guest appearance by Don Walser. A must-buy!

CDs by Old 97's

Twelfth, 2020 Love the Holidays, 2018 Graveyard Whistle, 2017 Hitchhike to Rhome: 20th Anniversary Reissue, 2014 The Grand Theatre Volume One, 2010 Wreck Your Life ...And Then Some: The Complete Bloodshot Recordings [Limited Edition], 2009 Blame It On Gravity, 2008 Hit By A Train: The Best Of Old 97's, 2006

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