Old 97’s capture live a perfect live show

Old 97’s capture live a perfect live show

Old 97’s
Alive and Wired
New West Records
3.5 out of 5

They are country and they are rock. They are hoarse, gritty, sweaty and strangely sexy, and they say they like to be the underdogs. They live by a motto Bruce Springsteen spray painted on a poster in Tower Records and they dare you to party with them all night. They are the Old 97’s and Alive and Wired is a two-disc taste of what the hell goes on at an Old 97’s show.

Recorded in Texas (and full of Lone-Star pride), all 30 songs buzz with genuine excitement and secrete the smell of beer, whiskey and southern boys.

The Old 97’s explode with energy and sincerity and the album left this die-hard New Yorker hunting for cowboy boots and a country bar to wear them in.

—   Alex Samuel

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