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An Old 97's fan favorite but largely overlooked outside that circle, Wreck Your Life put Bloodshot Records on the map in 1996 and remains an essential document of that era's alt-country resurgence. The Dallas dynamos are firing on all cylinders throughout, Rhett Miller's crackerjack turns of phrase ("She started out on Percodan and ended up with me," "You made a big impression for a girl of your size") spiked with sharp, twangy lead guitar and the old Johnny Cash chucka-boom train beat revved so hard it nearly runs off the rails. There are precedents for this sort of thing, of course - including country outlaws and the Bakersfield buckaroos - but punkified country doesn't come hotter, or more fun, than "Victoria," "Doreen," and "Big Brown Eyes."

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Best Old '97 Album, Bar None

This is best one folks, back when there was a little more alt and country in their alt-country sound, back before Rhett got married, had kids and started livin' the good life, back when his lyrics were filled with real passion and angst and humor. Check out "Victoria," "The Other Shoe," "Dressing Room Walls," "Over the Cliff," and "Goin' Goin' Gone." p.s. Too Far to Care is their 2nd best album

Essential Alt Country

This album captures the Old 97's in all their drunken, frantic and twangy glory. If there ever was an Alt Country band that could really break into the main stream it was these guys, not as dark as Uncle Tupelo, and alot more hooks. This is not to say they are superior, just different. Rhett Miller's songs are very funny, but in a self loathing mocking kind of way. "Big Brown Eyes", is still one of his best tracks, and "Doreen", gallops drunkingly along as Rhett sings about a failing romance. His characters and stories are funny and sad all at once. This is essential to any fan of Alt Country. The power pop sensibilities make the songs alot cathier tha the average Alt country album. The Old 97's should be in every rock fans collection, and this album (their one and only for Bloodshot), capture them at the peak of their abilities. Also check out Hitchhike to Rhome, and Too Far Gone, to see where they came from and where they ended up. Play this loud!

5 Stars for the Album, 1 for the "clean lyrics".

Great Album for a great band. Although it is a "clean version" the Album was never really explicit to begin with so its not a big loss. Get it, listen, and love.


Formed: 1993 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they became one of the most enduring bands in the alternative country-rock catalog, Old 97's drew inspiration from a broad range of genres, including the twangy stomp of cowpunk and the melodies of power pop. Formed in 1993 by frontman Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond, the group spent the bulk of the decade posed on the brink of mainstream success, issuing albums that often drew warm reviews but never yielded a substantial hit. Old 97's tightened their sound as the decade drew to a...
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