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Blame It On Gravity

Old 97sAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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"Rock and roll's been very very good to me," Rhett Miller sings on "Longer Than You've Been Alive," an epic six-minute stream-of-consciousness meditation on his life in music. It's a rare moment of pulling back the curtain, on both the excesses and tedium of the world of a touring musician, and it's the perfect way to open the Old 97's new album, ... Read more in Amazon's Old 97s Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 13, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00146378G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Fool (4:17)
2. Dance With Me (2:38)
3. No Baby I (3:31)
4. My Two Feet (3:26)
5. Ride (3:30)
6. She Loves The Sunset (2:35)
7. This Beautiful Thing (3:04)
8. I Will Remain (3:10)
9. Early Morning (2:49)
10. The Easy Way (4:25)
11. Here s To The Halcyon (2:43)
12. Color Of A Lonely Heart Is Blue (5:52)
13. The One (4:07)

Editorial Reviews

Blame It On Gravity is the seventh studio album and the first new album in 4 years from alt-country pioneers Old 97 s. The album finds the band turning up the amps and returning to the satisfying crunch with a mix of rock, punk, pop and classic country that defined the band s sound on earlier albums. The band credits the new album s enthusiasm to their return to their hometown of Dallas, TX to record, the first time since their initial independent release. The band, still comprised of original members Rhett Miller, Murry Hammond, Ken Bethea and Philip Peeples, deliver what they believe is the finest album of their 15-year career.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend all of their albums. May 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
An argument could be made that fans of the Old 97s can be split into those who like their early works the most (e.g. Too Far to Care, Wreck Your Life) and those who like the later material best (e.g. Fight Songs, Satellite Rides). Truth be told, there isn't much (if any) filler on any Old 97s CD and Blame It On Gravity has something for fans from both eras. I can't recommend this CD enough. There is NO disappointment here... perhaps a couple of extra Murray songs would have been nice, but the recording is richly textured and has both a sonic and emotional impact. Few bands compare. If you're tired of the same old bands and sounds, here is a contender for album of the year.

Plus, pick up Drag It Up, a release that features some truly underrated, "moodier" recordings from the band. These guys can help you survive.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's very tricky business May 14, 2008
By P. Opus
Format:Audio CD
"We just finished recording the new Old 97s album and it's really good, it's burning a hole in my pocket. I wish I could give you all a copy."

It was mid-February 2008, ironically a few days before Valentine's Day, and suitably I was thinking in the back of my mind about a girl I'd be taking to dinner in honor of that occasion. I was standing on the wood floor right in front of the stage of a club just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean and Rhett Miller was behind the mic, just the man and his acoustic guitar. The above (and I am paraphrasing but he said almost exactly that from what I recall) was his introduction to a performance of a few of the tracks from this album, Blame It On Gravity. I don't actually recall for certain which tracks he played - I remember hearing "No Baby I" and "Ride," possibly "Dance With Me." They were good, perhaps not as immediately engaging as the stuff on Too Far To Care, but they had enough depth that I knew a few listens would probably get me hooked. I remember leaving the club feeling satisfied with what I had heard. The girl, by the way, stopped seeing me shortly after Valentine's Day.

What's funny as I re-read the above paragraph is the way I associate this band's music with girls. It's no surprise. Many of their songs are about love, usually love gone wrong, and the lyrics often describe those situations with enough sensitivity and detail to put you smack dab in the middle of the narrator's life. Rhett's characters are often attractive sad sacks who mean well but are subject to their own flawed natures, causing them to mistake lust or need for love with dire consequences. When I first heard Too Far To Care, I came away feeling like I had just had a couple of tumultuous relationships in the span of the hour it was playing for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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About me: long-time Old 97's fan who would list Satellite Rides on his desert island top 10 albums of all time (I could listen to it over and over again and never get bored). About this CD: well, it sure beats Drag It Up, which really, really underwhelmed me. I did not find a lot of good songs on Drag It Up (a few, but not many), but here the hit to miss ratio is much, much higher. The songs sound familiar at times (you might recognize some riffs from previous 97's albums) but hell...when they have that country rock two-step groove going, it doesn't matter that you've heard it before...this band is, was, always will be, TIGHT. I like Rhett's lyrics on here, there are some very witty and enjoyable songs. I don't know if they will ever make another Satellite Rides, but this is pretty solid in the meantime.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, fun effort from Old 97's May 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The first new album in four years from Dallas based band the Old 97's is a pleasant, relaxed affair, a mixed bag of pop rock along the lines of Big Star and later Replacements, and alt-country and Americana flavored tunes. The latter material works best, as on the opening track, "The Fool," and later tracks, "Early Morning," "The Easy Way," "Here's To The Halcyon" and "Color Of A Lonely Heart Is Blue," but the power pop of "Dance With Me" is a highlight, too. The most memorable songs are weighted towards the second half of Blame It On Gravity, where the band seems to settle into a comfortable groove. It's a solid effort from a band now celebrating fifteen years of making music, and still finding ways to have fun doing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing. August 29, 2008
Format:Audio CD
What I can't believe about the Old 97's is how long it took this dedicated, hard core, extremely critical music fan to find them. Not only is this album among the most well crafted popish, rock and roll records that I have heard in the past five years, the truly astonishing thing is that it is really no different than the quality of the music these folks have been putting out for nearly two decades. Outstanding. I have now listened to most of their music and it is hard for me to find a true misfire among the songs on any of their albums. Thoughtful, smart lyrics, twisted, dark, fun, off beat time signatures, and lots of unexpected twists and turns on a very tired genre. Going to see the Old 97's in Sept during Austin City Limits and then will catch them in Buffalo in October. They may be a cult sensation, but I think they are one of the best bands making music in the states. They should be much much bigger than they are and you will have a real treat moving through Blame It On Gravity to their full catalog, as I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
These guys are awesome! I just can't get enough!
Published 2 months ago by Kelly Thomas Wilder
4.0 out of 5 stars Another underrated band
I think they botched their choice for the first song, and thus may have failed to generate immediate interest from many listeners/samplers, but there are some gems on this album,... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Dave from the States
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Old 97's!
This album has everything I love about the Old 97's. Catchy music, clever lyrics and a very rye sense of humor! Read more
Published on May 26, 2010 by P. Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to where they belong
Decidedly a few years back,Rhett miller took some time off.But a short hiates of a year or two did the trick. Read more
Published on February 12, 2010 by Brent N. Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite!
New to the Old 97s and I love every song. This will be one CD I listen to over and over. Color of a Lonely Heart is beautiful!
Published on January 29, 2010 by FallingDownHappy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album, love this band
I love this band and this album is just as interesting and unique as most of their work. I recommend it.
Published on October 19, 2009 by Alexandra Dyshlyuk
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Album
Blame It On Gravity is a solid effort from the Old 97's. The overall tempo of the album is slower than previous releases but the combination of country, rock, rockabilly and blues... Read more
Published on March 20, 2009 by Ryan E. Cobourn
4.0 out of 5 stars Old 97's Turn it ON with their latest !!
This is the latest of the Old 97's long list of albums and it ranks high on the list. Once again the band mixes it up with some 'Pop', 'Alt Country' and some hard edged rock... Read more
Published on February 13, 2009 by Jeffrey E. Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Beautiful Album by one of my Favorites!
I first heard the Old 97's over 10 years ago and they have been one of my favorite groups ever since! Why? Read more
Published on January 1, 2009 by Daniel Drinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Catch 'Em Live!!!
Blame It On Gravity- I love this album, and I wanna tell ya.. catch 'em live if you can. Saw the Old 97's live for the first time last night(8/1/08) at Webster Hall, NYC. Read more
Published on August 2, 2008 by Eddie Wexler
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