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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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  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B0002E5OA0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Won't Be Home
2. The New Kid
3. Bloomington
4. Smokers
5. Borrowed Bride
6. Friends Forever
7. This Is The Moonlight
8. Adelaide
9. In The Satellite Rides A Star
10. Coahuila
11. Blinding Sheets Of Rain
12. No Mother

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2004 album from the popular alternative county act. "During the course of the project... We stood in a giant echo-ey church and stared at each other. We stood in a tiny 8x8 room and stared at each other. We sang about satellites, stars, moonlight, cavities, death, cheating, Texas, friendship, parenthood, God and storms." - Old 97's.

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The Old 97's suggested they were ready to abandon their bittersweet Americana sound with their previous album, 2001's power-pop heavy Satellite Rides. But the Dallas, Texas band's sixth release sees them once again digging into soft pedal-steel guitars, rolling pianos, and relaxed southern rhythms. How could they not? It's clear they are genuinely in love with this music, delivering the woozy "The New Kid" and the surging "Smokers" with so much blood and conviction that it's impossible to detect that the songs were recorded on just eight-tracks. The only thing keeping them from inhabiting the same critically hallowed ground as the Jayhawks and My Morning Jacket is singer Rhett Miller's cocktail napkin penned lyrics. It's nothing a remedial English class can't fix. --Aidin Vaziri

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Im sorry to the folks that are really looking forward to this cus its just not that good.
R. Hamby
There are a number of truly fun energetic songs, but compared to the number that bore me or feel just average, it just doesn't weigh out.
D. Haight
"Smokers" breaks away from the usual stuff Murray Hammond sings and proves to be one of the best tracks on Drag It Up.
J. E. Sorel

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Tim on September 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I really think that some of the other reviewers here should have used the kid's review form, because I'm guessing some of them aren't actually adults.

"Where are the clever lyrics?" one of them asks. Well, here are just three of many examples:

"Looking down she tells you things are looking up." (Adelaide)

"He's got the goods but he's not good for his word" (The New Kid)

"I'm on Wounded Knee/and we're at Waterloo." (Won't Be Home)

Of course, those lyrics might get lost on those who have no idea what Wounded Knee and Waterloo are, but my feeling is that most 97's fans are intelligent enough to get those references.

A few reviewers have said that the album is "too slow". To them, I say there's a Green Day album coming out soon.... go get that.

And still others, I imagine, are looking for a repeat of 'Satellite Rides'. As good as that album is, I'm glad the 97's didn't try to emulate it.

'Drag It Up' is an album by adults, for adults. The 97's are all in their 30s by now, and most (if not all of them) are married with children. So it's only natural that songs about getting drunk and hooking up have fallen by the wayside. In fact, the only song that fits into that category ('Coahuila') sticks out like a sore thumb, and could easily have been left off the album.

Instead, we get songs about adults falling in and out of love ('Won't Be Home', 'Bloomington'), adults realizing their youth and dreams are behind them ('Valium Waltz', 'Adelaide'), adults grown cynical by the 'flavor-of-the-month' culture we live in ('The New Kid'), adults who've grown from high school losers to success stories ('Friends Forever'), and even a song about dying too young ('No Mother').
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Morris on August 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've read the other reviews, and it looks like you'll either love this album, or you'll hate it. You'll either feel vindicated by the band's range, or betrayed that this isn't "Satellite Rides Redux" or "More Fight Songs."

It is more mellow. It does reflect their roots. It is more "back to basics."

And it is a classic.

I love their work and their songwriting. ("Cocktail napkin lyrics"...is that critic SERIOUS?) Adelaide, No Mother, The New Kid, Smokers -- those are just the ones I can rattle off the top of my head this early morning -- will stick with you. You'll either find them haunting or catchy or -- as is typical for the '97's -- both.

Give it a shot. You'll either love it or hate it. But don't expect anything overproduced and poppy, because you won't find it here. You won't even find the jangley sounds of favorite songs "Barrier Reef" or "504" or "Niteclub." It is a quiet homage to the Old 97's range, growth, and maturity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Oliveira on January 26, 2005
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Old 97s' edginess is missing on their latest album. Their mixture of punk and alt-country is heard on only half of the songs on this album. The rest, while not bad, seems like continuation of the tone and themes of Rhett Millers solo album, The Instigator. Drag It Up is a worthy follow-up to Satellite Rides, it's just nothing amazing or ground-breaking. If you're a longtime fan, you will of course want this. If this would be your first Old 97's purchase, I'd recommend instead Too Far To Care or Satellite Rides.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Trussell on August 4, 2004
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This is a great album. On Fight Songs and Satellite Rides, the band seemed to be attempting to weight themselves more towards their poppy leanings, but this album is just more genuine. The songs range from extremely energized (won't be home, new kid) to whispery meandering (valium waltz, blinding sheets of rain) and everywhere in between.

For those of us who started our addiction with Hitchike to Rhome, all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you, Old 97's, for giving us patient lifers a very fine gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Sorel on August 18, 2004
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People who expected an album reminiscent of Satellite Rides are in for a bit of a let down. Drag It Up is, in fact, nothing like their slightly pop-ish last album. Rather it is, as the band has said repeatedly, a more personal album. The songs are a mish mash of previously written songs collected over the years. "Won't Be Home", for example, is originally a Ranchero Bros. song, a side project for Murray Hammond and Rhett Miller. It swings in the familiar fast-pitch twang style that has become so identifiable with the Old 97's music. But "This Is The Moonlight", slows down the pace a little. The song which Rhett Miller originally wanted to put on his solo album, The Instigator,keeps the album grounded. "Smokers" breaks away from the usual stuff Murray Hammond sings and proves to be one of the best tracks on Drag It Up. The intensity of the song builds up as it progresses. "The New Kid" is the song most likely to be everyones favorite as well as a new staple in the band's live performances. It's a sharp expression of jealously, as well as a rip at the momentary fame that comes with celebrity.

Two songs, though, which really set the album apart are "Valium Waltz", and "Adelaide". "Valium Waltz" is one of their slower, more lyrically driven songs that has you feeling like rock bottom but wanting to hear it again. As for "Adelaide", it almost sounds like something coming from a folk group, beautiful and harmonic.

Drag It Up is not a softening of the band or even flawed for that matter. It's a catharsis of all the things that have occurred since their break, and works that they've wanted to release for some time. The emotional release of Drag It Up is what makes this album so powerful as well as prevents it from being glossed over with people's expectations of what they should be rather than what they really are, an truly original band.
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