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  • Summary: This 31-song live set was recorded during a pair of 2005 shows in the band's native Texas.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. If you're an Old 97's fan you've been waiting for this. If you're not, you just might be when it's all said and done.
  2. What is great about this set is that one disc feels like enough, but once you hear the second you know it's necessary.
  3. What Alive & Wired does best is reconcile the considerable charms of the band's studio output with the immediacy of their live shows' energy, and the Old 97's captured on this essential double-album is a band that lands at the midpoint between Wilco's high-minded songcraft and the ball-busting rock swagger of Drive-By Truckers.
  4. Hardcore 97’s fans may be disappointed by a few omissions (only two cuts from Wreck Your Life?), but Alive & Wired is a pretty complete package.
  5. 80
    A sweatstorm of strum and twang. [Dec 2005, p.106]
  6. By culling from early releases and rescuing tracks from last year's tepid Drag It Up, the band showcases a surprisingly deep and ridiculously rich canon of loser anthems ("Wish the Worst"), dark ballads ("Salome"), odes to romantic doubt and suspicion ("The Other Shoe"), cowboy calls ("West Texas Teardrops"), and frenzied barnstormers ("Doreen")-- all written and played with generous humor and genuine exhilaration.
  7. While the lack of onstage banter is welcome, Alive & Wired would have benefited from fewer songs and more space.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. KrisB
    Nov 23, 2005
    Are they out of their freaking heads? Where's "What We Talk About"? Whatever. They're an amazing band with great Americana tunes, and the album is great (they new it was gonna be a live album and they still couldn't play...) sorry. It was still great without it. Expand
  2. MelissaB
    Nov 15, 2005
    I only give this a 9 and not a 10 because i would have like to hear more banter.. Rhett is funny :)
  3. RobA
    Nov 13, 2005
    This band rules. These CD's don't quite capture how awesome their live shows are, but if you like great Americana, go ahead and pick this up. Some of the catchiest songs ever written. Collapse