We’re excited that the big day is finally here. Get out there and get your own copy of Too Far To Care on double CD or vinyl. The 2-CD set includes the remastered original album plus four session
outtakes on disc one and a second disc of original pre-album demos featuring some never before-
heard Old 97’s songs And while you’re add it, grab They Made A Monster for the full experience.
They Made A Monster: Too Far To Care Demos
And if you’re a completist, get 3 demos from Noise Trade that aren’t on either release, for free.
The classic Amazon review:
Amazon.com essential recording
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
And don’t miss the second leg of the 2012 Too Far To Care 15th Anniversary tour, starting up this weekend at Austin’s ACL Fest.