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Too Far to Care

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Media Type: CD
Artist: OLD 97'S
Street Release Date: 06/17/1997

If the Waco Brothers sound like the Clash playing country music, an Old '97s song like "Barrier Reef" sounds like Rancid doing the Wacos. That's not a bad thing, but lead singer Rhett Miller is more distinctive pining for his gal on the sweetly beautiful "Salome" and "Streets of Where I'm From," a jazzy number about living in a place where romance ends as roadkill. The band--Miller, lead guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, drummer Phillip Peeples--sounds most like a rock outfit on the album-opening "Time Bomb," and most like a country crew on "West Texas Teardrops," featuring banjo and Hammond's nasal twang.

On at least half his songs, Miller reveals himself to be a guy who falls in love easily but takes getting dumped hard. The subject matter might get old, but the '97s vary things enough musically to steer clear of trouble. If the story of a guy scared to death of Manhattan on "Broadway" is too obvious, Miller easily redeems himself on the album's closer, "Four Leaf Clover." Sung as a duet with Exene Cervenka, it sounds like X riding a Bo Diddley beat, but the bitter lyrics send it to the moon. "I got a four-leaf clover, but it ain't done me a single lick of good/I'm still a drunk and I'm still a loser/And I'm still living in a lousy neighborhood." After all the crying he's done, it's nice to hear Miller get good and pissed. --Keith Moerer

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002HPH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
this is the all-time best cd i have ever bought without previously knowing anything about the artist.
having just escaped a 5-week stint on a seismic boat in the gulf of mexico, we were ready to party hearty. a border town jaunt seemed to be a good idea and we set off from corpus cristi, heading to the laredo frontier. stopping off in the local k-mart for weekend supplies, i spotted the music section and dove in to find something to clear out the endless classic rock that had been pumped into my ears offshore.
picked up 2 cd's of artists that i had never heard of before. the first was sara hickman's 'misfits' and the other was this cd by the old 97's. i had been attracted by the bold cover art and seeing as i was in west texas, by the song titles - west texas teardrops, big brown eyes, salome. kudos and thanks to whoever at kmart ordered these cd's for their laredo store and racked them so that local texas artists were visible right up-front.
i never ended up going back onto the boats and was instead assigned to work in hotel rooms in south and central texas. i took the old 97's everywhere. this is the cd that i would turn to if i needed a pick-me-up, a way to drown out any heartaches of daily life with a sing-along bellow.
after returning to my native canada, i ended up seeing the band at the infamous horseshoe in toronto. opening for them was a denton band that i had never heard of - slobberbone. needless to say, i enjoyed the whole evening, especially getting this cd cover autographed by all of the band members. i have all of their cd's (and all of slobberbone's and all of sara's ...) and have enjoyed every one of them, but 'too far to care' is my hands-down favourite.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy P. Meyers on November 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. "Too Far to Care" is fantastic, a near-perfect blend of punk snarl, pop energy, great hooks, and clever wordplay, with just enough twang to let you know that these guys hail from Dallas. A lot of pop music is about catharsis: an outpouring of emotion meant to help one cope with loss or regret. This album is no different; the characters in these songs have seen hard times and bad luck. What is unique about this album is that the catharsis that is yielded not only mitigates the pain, but obliterates it. These songs are capable not only of making you feel less bad about hearbreak, but maybe even to feel better than you did before you got your heart broken in the first place. How? With great songs that will burrow their way into your subconscious, sing-along melodies, great harmonies, runaway-train drumbeats, and arrangements that strike a perfect balance (and tension) between acoustic pop perfection and electric snarl. Rhett Miller is a fantastic songwriter, occasionally going for the funny, too-clever phrase ("she's gonna kill me/and I don't mean softly") and sometimes just cutting right to the heart of the matter: ("My blood's turned to dirt, girl/You broke every part of me." ) What elevates this album above and beyond being just a songwriter's showcase, though, is that they work as a *band.* The harmonies between Rhett and bass player Murry Hammond are so tight that they seem to be forged intuitively, Ken Bethea's guitar are melodic while skirting the sharp edge of distortion, and Philip Peeples's drumming is propulsive and accomplished.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the most incredible works of music I have ever laid ears on! I would recommend that anyone who likes Son Volt, Wilco, or even the now-defunct Uncle Tupelo, listen to this recording. It's amazing how Rhett makes you really feel like he knows what you feel when you take a bad turn in a relationship (as in "The House that Used to Be"), or, in the case of "Four Leaf Clover," don't get into that relationship at all. This music is perfect for doing anything...driving ("West Texas Teardrop" works really well with an open road), partying with friends ("Timebomb" and "Barrier Reef" ar great up-tempo songs) or just being ("Niteclub" and "Curtain Calls" just have a wonderful mood about them). Ols 97's rock, but with a twang. You have to hear it to believe it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1999
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I want to get one thing across: I'm not a fan-AT ALL-of twangy country music that doesn't have some good rock in there for good measure. There is plenty of rock in this album by the Old 97's. After hearing about these guys, I never thought I would like them, but since I first heard this album, I have seen them three times live, and now own all four of their albums. I think the main reason is that this album is one of the most solid albums, from front to back, of the 1990's, if not of the last 20 years. The lyrics are sung with genuine emotion and the music is a rollicking, fist poundin', whiskey chuggin', heart racin' good time. There are no standout tracks, all of them are equally amazing, but the song I liked the most when I heard this the first time was "Melt Show". It's a tale of a fling that he wants to last longer then she apparantly does. It moves by quickly on its gusto, but then again, all of these songs do. This is the best album I've heard from any band that fits into the "No Depression" genre. Some close runners-up are Wilco's "Being There" and (the granddaddies of this music) The Byrds' "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo". If an album can beat "Sweetheart", it has to be good. And this is.
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