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"4 stars. [His] strongest solo set ever." -- Rolling Stone, June 11,2009
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As a long-time fan of both Rhett's solo career as well as the Old 97's, I feel like Rhett has really outdone himself with this album. Lyrically, it's what we've all come to expect from this gifted song-writer with lines like, "hollow your heart out and hold out your hope/ god give me strength and a good length of rope" (Nobody Says I Love You Anymore).
Whereas his earlier albums seem more pop-oriented, Rhett has successfully managed to mix rock (Happy Birthday Don't Die) with country (Another Girlfriend) as well as his usual sixties-inspired pop (If It's Not Love). This is a great album that new fans will easily fall in love with and will remind die-hards why we fell in love in the first place.
Nobody Says I Love You Anymore
I Need To Know Where I Stand
This is a subtle album of carefully-contructed mature pop, which brings out the best of Rhett's pure songwriting abilities. Rather than doing a track-by-track analysis (no need, all of them are fantastic), I'll just say that each track is unique and often stunning in its novelistic lyrical detail and memorable melodiousness. Rhett has moved past the lovable sad-sack character he protrayed in much of his earlier work, which is refreshing. His themes have become more universal and his stories more off-kilter in an entertaining and poignant way. As much as I have loved the last two Old 97s records, I have a feeling that this is the one I will be reaching for first when I just have to hear Rhett's voice and words.
In a year where many great albums are being released (Wilco, Cracker, Eels, U2, John Hammond Jr., Tommy Keene, Tinted Windows, Neko Case, etc. etc.), this is the one that I think will end up making the greatest and most lasting impact on me. I knew Rhett had this in him.
His self titled solo album is mature, extremely thoughtful, and unbelievably melodic. As much as I really like his first two albums, this one puts him into a different category among contemporary singer/songwriters: The top echelon. Without bothering with a song by song critique, I think it is fair to say that he has taken some real musical risks on this album. The time signatures are interesting, the lyrical and song structures are unpredictable, and the content is meaningful and insightful while still being a whole lot of fun. We live in an age of highly saturated exposure to mostly bad music. Rhett Miller has such skill at taking potentially wornout themes and a style of playing that is hardly new or innovative and finding his own voice, his own originality.
My only concern (are you listening Rhett????) is that his solo success will eventually detract from his involvement in the Old 97s (I bet he has never heard this worry before...). I really appreciate Rhett's solo work; however, the guys in the Old 97s have a way of grounding his melodic, popish sensibilities with spice and grit that collectively produces some of the most outstanding music of any contemporary band. OK, that may be just a tad of overstatement. In any event, this is a terrific album. Buy it.
Overall, I am a fan of Rhett Miller and the Old 97's. Including the catelog of both the band, and Rhett's solo efforts this is probably my least favorite. That said, I still listen to it regularly.
"Happy Birthday, Don't Die" is an interesting song which is probably the most upbeat song on the album.
"Like Love" is a cool song
"Sometimes" is melodic and slow, but compelling.
I suggest listening to the samples of those three songs, and I feel they are the strongest songs on the album and offer a good representation of the album as a whole.
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The title is a reference to the first song on this terrific album. The first five songs rise up and dissolve into a rock masterpiece, Happy Birthday Don't Die. Read morePublished on September 19, 2009 by Mickysolo
Saw Rhett open for Old 97s the other night in St. Louis. They never cease to amaze me . . .always sound perfect and are so charismatic.
'Rhett Miller' is a fantastic album. Read more
I love Old 97's and Rhett Miller. This album exudes the essence of Rhett's creative lyrics yet is stronger than his previous solo albums.
I love this album and so will you!
What's not to love about Rhett Miller? His voice is so unique and cool. His songs are ultra-catchy with clever lyrics and heart-tugging melodies. Read morePublished on June 10, 2009 by Kat