on 6 February 2013
It was only after reading David Menconi's recent book on Whiskeytown that i decided to check out Old 97's, a band that i knew little about. They had somehow managed to get into a fued with Ryan Adams back in the day. Anyway, i wasn't sure where to start so i headed for an early album. All very pot luck, but it turns out that 'Too Far To Care' is actually a decent little album. Ok, it's far from perfect, but it has bagfuls of energy and some cracking tunes. I guess you could call it cow-punk or something else clever, but who cares, it's country music and it rocks. The standout tracks for me are opener 'Timebomb', which blasts out of the blocks and really sets the tone for the album, 'Salome', which is a rare quieter moment, and album closer 'Four Leaf Clover', which features Exene Cervenkova(X), for a right old rowdy finish. Not sure which album i'm going to try next, but that i will be buying something else is not in doubt.
Ok, so a year and a half after reviewing this album, and i now have the every Old 97's album. I still listen to this album and i love it. It is the Old 97's finest album, and so i'm upgrading my rating to 5 stars.