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Rhett Miller

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Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller's self-titled album, his first since 2006's The Believer, will take fans on an up-close-and-personal journey through love, loss and redemption, set to the kind of rollicking tunes for which he's known. Rhett Miller was recorded in Dallas and produced by Salim Nourallah, who also produced the latest critically acclaimed Old 97's release, 2008's Blame It On Gravity. The album also features multi-instrumentalist and producer Jon Brion on guitar and bass, The Apples In Stereo's John Dufi lho on drums and Billy Harvey on guitar.

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"It's an ambitious album that finds Miller really stretching himself as a songwriter." -- All Music Guide, June 2009

"4 stars. [His] strongest solo set ever." -- Rolling Stone, June 11,2009


1. Nobody Says I Love You Anymore
2. Like Love
3. Caroline
4. Need To Know Where I Stand
5. Happy Birthday Don't Die
6. Bonfire
7. Haphazardly
8. If It's Not Love
9. Another Girlfriend
10. Refusing Temptation
11. Lashes
12. Sometimes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B00260054I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timberly Deville on June 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD
...when they said Rhett Miller's new, self-titled album was the best so far. Unfortunately, they were a star short with their Four-Starred assessment.

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.

Personal Favorites:

Nobody Says I Love You Anymore
I Need To Know Where I Stand
Sometimes
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on June 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
As a long-time Old 97s fan, I've noticed a shift in that band's sound as frontman Rhett Miller has developed his solo career. After Satellite Rides, which was in all honesty a pop-rock record, the Old 97s headed back toward their original country-rock turf (albeit with an increased leaning towards the pop side of the rock spectrum). Meanwhile, Rhett Miller released a series of albums (The Instigator and The Believer) which indulged his pop sensibilities and gave him room to explore different genres. This duality worked well for Rhett Miller, but despite some strong sets of songs he had yet to release a real masterpiece. This one, IMHO, is that masterpiece.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Black on June 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
By way of context, I have been a big Old 97s fan for many years as well as being quite familiar with Rhett's earlier solo efforts. I have seen the Old 97s live several times and Rhett play solo twice. Thus, I am in a good position to evaluate his newest release.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a great new set by Rhett Miller. The opener "Nobody Says I Love You Anymore" has a Kurt Weill feel like a renegade track from "The Threepenny Opera." "Like Love" bubbles melodically with lyrical heartbreak, "She wanted things that I couldn't afford like a house filled with laughter every night." "I Need to Know Where I Stand" blathers lyrically to a light boppy beat, "Well you tell me that you love me yet you won't even hug me." "Happy Birthday Don't Die" rocks to a raging electric lead with Miller's desperate lyrics tugging on the heart. "If It's Not Love" jumps out of the speakers like a clown with red ants crawling up his leg, "I was a concrete jungle in summer; I was a desert aching for rain." Songs like the hushed and intimate "Bonfire" and the tongue-in-cheek "Another Girlfriend" are also strong. This is another gem from Rhett Miller. Enjoy!
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By P. Miller on May 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Most of the Old 97's music is up-beat and fun. Here their lead singer and primary song writer takes a departure from that to create his own album. It is a strong first solo effort, but it comes off as a little dark and melancholy. Repeated listenings reveal more layers than are readily apparent in the first few listenings.

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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