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  • Summary: Rhett Miller & co. recorded the stripped-down 'Drag It Up' (the band's first release in three years) in a 19th century church in Woodstock, NY.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
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  1. Old 97s spend their rootsy sixth disc recalling growing up. [30 Jul 2004, p.69]
  2. 83
    Shift[s] between singer/songwriter Rhett Miller's heartrending country and mojo-fueled power pop. [Sep 2004, p.120]
  3. Old 97's have become synonymous with infectious melodies and whip-smart lyrics, and they don't disappoint on album number five. [#7]
  4. 70
    There's an effortless clip... that suggests renewed confidence. [Mar 2005, p.93]
  5. Miller's plaintive vocals sell you on the sincerity of his damaged goods.
  6. The Old 97's are a good band, but Drag It Up simply isn't them at their best.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. jjmoney
    Sep 19, 2004
    9
    You either got it or you don't. Hard to explain, but this one stands up with their best. It's not easy to follow a masterpiece.
  2. BradB
    Jul 27, 2004
    9
    Their most carefree songs (and best album) since their quintessential "Too Far to Care."
  3. MilanC
    Aug 1, 2004
    9
    Great CD, give it a chance.
  4. Ricky
    Jul 27, 2004
    8
    Don't look for Satellite Rides Vol. 2. The Old 97s revert back to the days of Hitchike to Rhome and Wreck Your Life. The songs remain Don't look for Satellite Rides Vol. 2. The Old 97s revert back to the days of Hitchike to Rhome and Wreck Your Life. The songs remain solid, but they may pale to some listeners because of the rustic production. Just listen to it several times and the album begins to shine brightly. Expand
  5. markf
    Aug 11, 2004
    8
    I hope I don't sound like a broken record, but music reviewers are some of the most-worthless, brain-dead dofuses on the face of the I hope I don't sound like a broken record, but music reviewers are some of the most-worthless, brain-dead dofuses on the face of the Earth. This album doesn't "sound" like the last few. "There's something wrong with it!" The songs seem to change in style from track to track. "It's not 'cohesive'!" Oh my, they let three vocalists sing lead. "There's weak songs!" It doesn't "seem" to progress to a new level. "They're coasting!" There are some quieter, low-key songs. "It's a drag!" (Look at the title, dork.) I'll admit that when I first played the album, I was disappointed. But unlike a "music reviewer", I didn't churn out a piece on auto-pilot that used much less thought than what went into even the "weakest" song on this album. I kept playing it, alongside other googd music, and the thing just grew on me. It's very heartfelt, even when in a couple of instances, it's being humorous ( i.e. "Coahuila".) This album eventually feels as comfortable as sharing problems with your best friend. You know you might not solve anything, but you will get some relief. Plus, there's nothing wrong with ANY of the songs, and after about three listens, it IS cohesive. End of NON-review. Expand
  6. Katie
    Aug 9, 2004
    8
    It's solid throughout. Won't Be Home, In the Satellite Rides a Star, and Adelaide especially are top-notch. Definitely not as bad It's solid throughout. Won't Be Home, In the Satellite Rides a Star, and Adelaide especially are top-notch. Definitely not as bad as they say, and worth repeated listens. Expand
  7. DavidG
    Jul 29, 2004
    6
    This is a very good band who has consistently put out good to great music. That being said, Drag It Up truly feels like a hodgepodge of Old This is a very good band who has consistently put out good to great music. That being said, Drag It Up truly feels like a hodgepodge of Old 97's songs. Very little consistency as a whole and a few songs are simply weak. Production sounds somewhat flat and lacking dynamics. Overall not bad per se, just doesn't live up to previous releases that well imho. Expand

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