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  • Summary: Originally planned as a double album before it was split into two albums, the second volume is also produced by Salim Nourallah.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Aug 3, 2011
    80
    The album in a nut shell? The Grand Theatre, Volume Two is the soundtrack to a chaotic night at the tavern followed by clarity the morning after--melodiously rowdy, then harmoniously depressed.
  2. Jul 11, 2011
    80
    Vol. 2 shows the full breadth of the group's sound, from the ballads to the rockers to the various gems in between.
  3. Jul 14, 2011
    79
    Old 97's have maintained a kind of winking positivity, which is perhaps the key to their longevity. The Grand Theatre Vol. 2 embraces this unashamedly.
  4. Jul 11, 2011
    71
    Despite its flaws, Vol. 2 is the second-best thing the Olds have done in a decade.
  5. Jul 28, 2011
    70
    Though Volume Two ultimately fails to match the quality of its predecessor, it certainly validates its existence as a second take of the venerable band's fan friendly approach to the creative process.
  6. Jul 11, 2011
    70
    Consisting of songs left over from Vol. 1, this second installment places Rhett Miller's articulate, off-the-cuff songs right between the composure of the control room and the looseness of the barroom.
  7. Jul 11, 2011
    60
    It's a clear sequel that continues the character profiles and storylines frontman Rhett Miller created last time around. [Aug 2011, p.118]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    8
    Welcome back Old 97's! Best Album in over a decade!