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  • Summary: The Dallas-based alt-country quartet releases its seventh studio album.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
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  1. Comfortable and confident all the way through, and a highly welcomed return.
  2. Blame It On Gravity is a welcome return to form.
  3. It’s a nice reminder of what was so wonderful about alt-country in the first place.
  4. "Strum it on a Telecaster/Sing it like a train-disaster song," sings Miller. It's a perfect mission statement from four Texans raised on the Beatles and Johnny Cash in equal measures, whose shiny melodies, and fatalistic character studies, do their forefathers proud.
  5. 70
    Make no mistake, Blame It On Gravity is a guitar-pop record at heart. Other than a few twangy flourishes here and there, bassist Murry Hammond appears to be the one keeping the country faith, delivering one of his best performances on “Color Of A Lonely Heart Is Blue.”
  6. Feminist complaints aside, the problem with this seventh LP is that the Old 97's suffer from being too comfortable.

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  1. CoreyJ.
    May 17, 2008
    Blame it on Gravity shows the Texan Alt-Rockers Old 97's at their absolute best. After the disappointing punch of Drag it Up, the 97's have found their sound again, returning to the days of Satellite Rides and Too Far to Care. Perhaps their finest album, Blame it on Gravity is certainly energetic, and contains many of the band's best songs. Expand
  2. kevD
    May 17, 2008
    97's return with a classic. This is up there with fight songs and satellite rides.