The first new album in four years from Dallas based band the Old 97’s is a pleasant, relaxed affair, a mixed bag of pop rock along the lines of Big Star and later Replacements, and alt-country and Americana flavored tunes. The latter material works best, as on the opening track, “The Fool,” and later tracks, “Early Morning,” “The Easy Way,” “Here’s To The Halcyon” and “Color Of A Lonely Heart Is Blue,” but the power pop of “Dance With Me” is a highlight, too. The most memorable songs are weighted towards the second half of Blame It On Gravity, where the band seems to settle into a comfortable groove. It’s a solid effort from a band now celebrating fifteen years of making music, and still finding ways to have fun doing it.

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