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Grand Theatre Vol. 2

Old 97sAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 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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  • Audio CD (July 5, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B00518HB30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Old 97's introduce The Grand Theatre Vol. 2, their ninth studio album, available July 5th via New West Records. The new record is a companion to the critically acclaimed The Grand Theatre Volume One, which received 3 1/2 stars in both Rolling Stone and American Songwriter. Released less than a year since their last effort, The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 features 13 brand new songs and is once again produced by Salim Nourallah (The Grand Theatre Volume One and Blame It On Gravity.)

"Vol. 2 expands on the themes found in Volume One both sonically and lyrically," explains Miller. "We delved further into our experiments in gritty garage rock and at times spun further into lush psychedelia. Like Volume One, you ll find narratives that are stunted and strange."

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album in a long time.... July 14, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I am glad to hear the Blame It On Gravity era is over. They're finally back to the sound that I fell in love with a decade ago. This album blows Volume 1 away, and it is their best start-to-finish album in a long, long time. If you liked their earlier albums, you'll like this one.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Sequel To Volume I July 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD
"The Grand Theater Volume Two" is the 9th studio album released by the Old 97's and the sequel to last year's Volume One. The band picks up right where they left off with a revitalized twang-punk power-pop folk-rock sound. The production is crisp and fresh, the songs well written and catchy, and overall this is a great CD. "Brown Haired Daughter" is the perfect opening song to the album. It has a light shuffle-type feel to it and will make you want to get up and move. "I'm A Trainwreck" is a rocker and picks up the pace. "Perfume" sounds like a sequel to Volume One's "The Dance Class" and is classic Old 97's: A seemingly happy tune with a dark twist. "White Port" features hilarious pirate vocals that will have you bobbing your head and laughing at the same time. "The Actor" showcases Rhett Miller's vocals and are flat out amazing. Every song on Volume 2 is awesome; there isn't one filler on it. There is a natural evolution to the sound from their earlier work and fans of the band won't be disappointed. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars May Be Their Best Album - Fantastic! July 28, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Better than Volume 1 and in league with Too Far To Care. If I were going to introduce someone to their music, I would hand them this album. This is classic Old 97's: rocking, stomping, catchy and fun. Not a bad song in the bunch. Too bad they called it Volume 2 - it sounds like leftovers instead of what it really is - their best album in years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good October 17, 2011
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didnt purchase volume 1 bc I was so bored with the preceding records and solo stuff. amazon sent me a notice that this one was due out soon and bc these guys are one of my all time favorite bands I decided to pull the trigger. In reality they've given me more listening pleasure over the years than I could ever give them back buying their stuff, though mostly on the back of recordings from 01 and prior.

Bottom line this is a great record and I soon will order volume one bc of it. It is really nice to enjoy such greatness from the Old 97's, kind of a deja vu to 1996. I don't know how they did it bc it seems once you go stale you rarely get your groove back (wilco, stones). but they did. Kudos to murry, philip, ken and rhett
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eighteen years in and getting even better September 5, 2011
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The nature of rock `n roll is that we fall in love with our favorite bands, only to be disappointed when the inevitable decline sets in. We watch the release calendar and buy the new albums hoping for that most elusive of creatures, an excellent album from a band after the shine of youth wears off. How often does it happen? Almost never. No, really. Take a look at your collection; the norm is a painful, slow decline, yielding ever increasing disappointment on one release day after another as your interest slowly wanes.

But the core fans keep buying, hoping to find that one album that will buck the trend and deliver the goods after all those years of singing along in the car, cramming into hot, sweaty nightclubs for shows, and hunting for information on upcoming releases. Lately I had begun to suspect that we were chasing a unicorn, a fantasy. Despite ubiquitous, overly optimistic, and unreliable "they're back" reviews in the music press regarding every band past their 30s, the decline of our favorite bands seems inevitable.

Old 97's fans have been wondering for a while which way their beloved--and chronically underappreciated--band was going to go. The live shows have always delivered; this is a band that is throwing gas every night. But the lifeblood of a band is new music--lest one devolve into a greatest hits band.

The Old 97's albums from 1999's Fight Songs to 2008's Blame It on Gravity had a lot of good tracks, but not as many great ones as Old 97's fans have grown to expect. There certainly were great ones, such as "Murder (Or a Heart Attack)," "Valentine," "Can't Get a Line," "Won't Be Home," "Adelaide," and "No Baby I," to name a few; but, it was not uncommon to run into another fan who grumbled about the "new stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! July 19, 2011
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Like others have said, this sounds quite a bit like an older Old 97's record. I also agree that it's stronger than Vol. 1. There's plenty of haunting twang here, but also a nice range of songs like most of the 97's discs released in the past 10 years or so.

And, this comes with an interesting twist in that the two Murry Hammond-led contributions are both absolute standout tracks, and amongst the very best stuff Murry has ever contributed to the 97's.

This is a band that's been going strong for almost 20 years now, and while I'll probably always view Too Far Too Care as one of the best records made in my lifetime, it's incredible to see the Old 97's continue to deliver unique, sometimes surprising (hints of Ireland & a 79 second instrumental!) & overall just great new music.

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Old 97's - Much better than Volume 1 July 12, 2011
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The Grand Theatre Volume 2 cranks everything up a notch. I'll admit that Volume 1 was disappointing to me. So I'm amazed at how awesome Volume 2 is. How did that happen? Did they learn from some mistakes on Volume 1? Volume 1 sounded more like a Rhett project...whereas Volume 2 sounds like the other guys took over and said "Hey, Rhett, you used to let us jam, and your lyrics used to be undeniably catchy...let's try that again, OK?" And Rhett obliged. This album rocks from beginning to end. It never gets slower than mid-tempo. A majority of the songs actually DRIVE. THAT'S the Old 97's I remember! I'm so thrilled the guys are back and better than ever. After a few listens, you'll be singing along and imagining the next time you can go to a concert and hear these songs live. It just doesn't get much better than this. My greatest fear would be that people disappointed in Volume 1 will pass on Volume 2, or they will go in with a negative attitude and never give Volume 2 a fair chance. Let's hope Old 97's fans are more loyal than that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars George K
Been an Old 97's fan for years. I've seen them 5 times. I think this was released just for the sake of something to release. Save your money.
Published 7 months ago by George Klavins
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BAND!!!
I just got into these guys a couple years ago (where was I?) AND just say them live in Portland, MAine. Get this, Vol 1 and Their 'Best of'-Hit By A Train..AWESOME
Published 18 months ago by Scott H
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I can't get enough of the 97s. They always deliver. If you haven't seen them live you are missing out.
Published 20 months ago by Joel M Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid effort
I've been a fan of this band for a very long time. And this is an enjoyable effort. I don't really hear any destined to be classics on here but for a fan it is essential. Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by Ed M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
This is a great rebound from Vol 1, which was lackluster. Vol 2 delivers some great songs from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
Published on May 20, 2012 by SF
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD!
There is nothing more to say then LOVE THIS CD!
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! Overall great CD!
Published on February 24, 2012 by pamomma
5.0 out of 5 stars Old 97's Grand Theatre Volume Two ROCKS!
The Old 97's Grand Theatre Volume 1 was awesome and it's successor Volume 2 does not disappoint! A MUST for any Old 97's fan --- and if you're not a fan or familiar with the Old... Read more
Published on February 14, 2012 by D. Schadel
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best ever
How do these guys do it? Just when you think they can't have any more masterpieces in them they put this album out. It is incredible. It has it all. Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Par for the Old 97s Course...Excellence
If you already like the Old 97s, you will love this album.

If you've never heard of this band, or if you don't know much about them, the 1st step is to see them live. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by Jake
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Super-Fast and easy download! Product Perfect, This Mp3 is amazing! Amazon once more comes through with the best price! I Recommend this music A++++
Published on September 19, 2011 by Vincent Cartier
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