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  • Summary: the 11th full-length release for the alt-country band was produced by Vance Powell.
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  • Record Label: ATO
  • Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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All Who Wander
I must live in this confusion I must love to be confused I must strike out in the darkness Buy some time both new and used Time to wander through... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Magnet
    Apr 14, 2017
    85
    Any doubts that the Old 97's could sustain this creative resurgence are summarily dismissed with Graveyard Whistling. [No. 141, p.60]
  2. Uncut
    Feb 21, 2017
    80
    Their 10th studio album might be their best of the new century: 11 songs capturing the reckless dynamic that made these Texans alt.country heroes in the 10th century. [Mar 2017, p.37]
  3. Feb 23, 2017
    80
    The Old 97's still sound engaged, energetic, and as committed as ever 23 years after they released their debut, and Graveyard Whistling is evidence they're not short on fresh ideas either.
  4. Feb 21, 2017
    70
    It’s not a bad album, not by a long stretch, but it feels like Miller & company are treading water, revisiting things that worked before.
  5. Mar 2, 2017
    70
    It’s the work of a band finding complexity in apparent basics, and depth within its play.
  6. Feb 22, 2017
    70
    Old 97's show no sign of mellowing out or pandering to their audience, making Graveyard Whistling a sort of stubborn achievement.
  7. Mar 9, 2017
    60
    The songs are undeniably likeable, their likability almost formulaic, yet still surprisingly retaining a fresh-faced charm.

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  1. Mar 2, 2017
    10
    Too bad Shrimp is on administrative leave and stuff. But this album rules, great fun and rowdy tunes. Two straight albums of excellence.Too bad Shrimp is on administrative leave and stuff. But this album rules, great fun and rowdy tunes. Two straight albums of excellence. They are on a roll. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2017
    8
    Wonderful, rowdy, tuneful songs. Sharp production brings everything into focus. It's a wonder these guys still sound so committed andWonderful, rowdy, tuneful songs. Sharp production brings everything into focus. It's a wonder these guys still sound so committed and energetic. Blue vinyl is cool. Expand