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  • Band members: Rhett Miller, Philip Peeples, Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond
  • Summary: The band led by Rhett Miller releases the first volume of songs that were originally planned as part of a double album. Volume two is scheduled for a May 2011 release.
  • Record Label: New West
  • Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Soon Hammond's "You Smoke Too Much" is fitting right in. As together as can be expected, and as Miller requests with a hint of desperation, "Please Hold On While the Train Is Moving."
  2. Saying The Grand Theatre, Vol. 1 is a return to form unnecessarily belittles the last few Old 97's albums that came before it, but calling it their best album since Fight Songs is just about right.
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    80
    Seventeen years and eight albums into their career; The Grand Theatre Volume One is a welcomed second wind.
  4. This multivolume project will still trigger honky-tonk mosh pits: See "A State of Texas," which suggests you can be true to your roots even when you've outgrown them.
  5. 70
    The Old 97's latest effort mimics the end of the workweek. At first, the possibilities seem endless. Every moment, just like every possible meaning, could be the one you've been looking for.
  6. 70
    Despite frontman Rhett Miller's nice-guy tendencies, Old 97's are way more fun when he gives in to his bitchy side--which is large and in charge on The Grand Theatre, runaway-train backbeats and all.
  7. It is wild, slightly unfocused, totally committed, and furiously paced. (Also, it is possibly a bit drunk). But, though this lifts some of the tracks up somewhat, few of them have the depth that one would have wished for.

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  1. Oct 21, 2010
    8
    Fantastic start, weak finish, but best album in a decade by far! Look forward to part II coming in May.