Most Messed Up

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  • Summary: Produced by Salim Nourallah, the 11th release for the alt-country band led by Rhett Miller features guest appearances from Tommy Stinson and Jon Rauhouse.
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Let's Get Drunk & Get It On
Your eyes are the color of the earth as seen from outer space You got a gorgeous face, though its a little odd Tell me that you like the songs that... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Apr 28, 2014
    100
    Recorded mostly live off the floor, and full of loose, garage rock accents and playfully shambling flourishes, everything about Most Messed Up feels exquisitely messy.
  2. Apr 29, 2014
    82
    The result is a cathartic, punk-rock stomper of a record, and perhaps the first in the band’s catalog to accurately capture their sweatbox live performances.
  3. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    Most Messed Up is a full-blown, album-length expression of the Old 97s’ vintage, railroad-beat careen stripped of all embellishments.
  4. Apr 28, 2014
    80
    Sometimes a willingness to toss off responsibility once in a while is a sure sign of maturity, and if you want to hear a golden example of this thinking in action, the Old 97's have one for you with Most Messed Up.
  5. Apr 29, 2014
    80
    On this most Old 97's-ish of Old 97's LPs, the hard-partying twang-punk quartet throw a 20th-birthday bash for themselves.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Dec 17, 2014
    80
    The songs are deceptive, displaying a rare sense of craft and erudition. [Oct 2014, p.94]
  7. May 30, 2014
    50
    Past its christening Dylanesque by way of Todd Snider – Miller echoing Tom Petty's hard consonants – it's all lyrically downhill across party anthems ("Wasted"), fuck songs ("Let's Get Drunk & Get It On"), drug shrugs ("The Disconnect") and antidotes ("Intervention"), plus a token "This Is the Ballad."

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  1. Mar 20, 2015
    10
    This album is the best part of my 2014, I can't play it enough.
    I purchased it twice from iTunes and once from play store just as my way
    This album is the best part of my 2014, I can't play it enough.
    I purchased it twice from iTunes and once from play store just as my way of saying thanks,
    If I had to make a complaint it's that the album should have been a double lp with 14 more songs
    Thanks 97's you guys rock when your not checking the clock
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  2. May 8, 2014
    4
    If you're a fan of Americana or country music, get this album. If not, then don't get too excited.

    I didn't exactly hate it, i just didn't
    If you're a fan of Americana or country music, get this album. If not, then don't get too excited.

    I didn't exactly hate it, i just didn't find the lyrics as great as some critics are claiming it to be; and the music, while not bad, didn't find it enjoyable either. Just okay.

    An okay album.
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