Most Messed Up (LP)


Old 97's

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Amoeba Review

04/28/2014

"I'm not crazy 'bout songs that get self referential, most of this stuff should be kept confidential, but who even gives half a fuck anymore, well you should know the truth, it's both a blast and a bore." So says Rhett Miller, perpetually babyfaced swoon-worthy tall guy and frontperson for Texas alt-country stalwarts, the Old 97's. This line comes from "Longer Than You've Been Alive," the opening track off of their new album Most Messed Up, which follows 2010/11's Grand Theatre coupling of records. While the album occupies that same romantic venn-diagrammed middle between alt-country and power-pop jangle that the 97's have always made their wheelhouse, the lyrics quoted above are indicative of the record's broader theme, even when it relies on more straightforward love song narratives. What I mean to say is that, no matter what else happens, Miller & co. don't want us, the listeners, to forget that they're just stressed out guys in a countryfied rock band and there's no requirement for a suspension of disbelief, no canned applause or lavish production they couldn't reproduce live. They've been a band too long to fake it, they've accepted they'll never be U2 and heck it was never their goal in the first place so why not take some time to cuss and overshare a little? The Old 97's have always seemed like nice guys to me and on this record they seem like nice guys who are sick of the burden that being a nice guy entails, it's exhausting to be so generous all the time and it's time to do things their way, which takes a lot of guts, especially for such nice guys.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Longer Than You've Been Alive
Old 97's 05:52
2.
Give It Time
Old 97's 03:23
3.
Let's Get Drunk & Get It On
Old 97's 03:03
4.
This Is The Ballad
Old 97's 02:39
5.
Wheels Off
Old 97's 03:05
6.
Nashville
Old 97's 02:35


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Wasted
Old 97's 02:53
2.
Guadalajara
Old 97's 02:52
3.
The Disconnect
Old 97's 04:00
4.
The Ex Of All You See
Old 97's 02:52
5.
Intervention
Old 97's 03:49
6.
Most Messed Up
Old 97's 02:48

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