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For his third solo album — counting his difficult-to-find 1989 effort Mythologies — Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller again chose a strong-willed producer in George Drakoulias (Tom Petty, Black Crowes) to sculpt the sound. But it’s not what you might assume. While 2002’s The Instigator featured Jon Brion’s (Aimee Mann) usual seductive and ornate pop-tinged approach, The Believer is hardly the roots-rock album one might expect from a Drakoulias-Miller pairing. It has its alt-country moments, but that’s only one of its points of reference. No, this is an orchestrated album that features an impressive list of guests — guitarist Lyle Workman (Sheryl Crow, Beck), drummer Matt Chamberlain (Tori Amos, David Bowie), Brion, and Gary Louris (Jayhawks) — and tips its hat to T. Rex (“Ain’t That Strange”), Elliot Smith (the title track was inspired by his friend’s death), and the time-honored tradition of country duets (with Rachael Yamagata for the pedal steel and country lope of “Fireflies”). But most importantly, The Believer features some of Miller’s most inspired songs in some time as the Aimee Mann-Miller collaboration “I Believe She’s Lying” and “My Valentine” bear out.

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Listen With Dem Ears of Yours

MAN! Ryan Chan should get this album as soon as humanly possible! Not only can Rhett shake his hair like no other, he can create an album which contains power ballads, swamp serenades, tire poppin' road anthems, and the obligatory Jon Brion cover. Put this man on a Wheaties box and watch them fly off the shelves! Guitar strings and vocal chords should be so lucky...


It is easy to get caught in the indie rock/emo fad, but this is so much better than that. It would be easy to label Rhett Miller as just another guy with a guitar, but he has a fresh new edge that we all have been waiting for. The song My Valentine has strong potential for being a great single--and played too much on the radio, but other songs, sugh as Meteor Shower and The Believer make this album more than just a "one-hit wonder".

Rhett Miller Does it Again

Rhett Miller's distinct voice graces our ears with another awesome album. The catchy rock songs ("Ain't That Strange," "My Valentine," "Delicate") let you blast your iPod or roll down your windows and drive while singing your heart out. The ballads are equally impressive. Rachael Yamagata complements Rhett's voice so well on "Fireflies"; it's like they were meant to make songs together. He's taken a different route from the Old 97's alt country sound for more of a power pop sound (with the exception of "Singular Girl" which he'd tried to get the 97's to put on an album), and all his songs are so catchy you can't help but love them all. I mean, how can you resist the sha, la, la, la's of "I'm With Her"?


Born: September 6, 1970 in Austin, TX

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Texas native Rhett Miller is perhaps best known as the frontman of the Dallas-based alt-country band Old 97's, although he also pursued a critically acclaimed solo career during the 2000s. Formed in 1993, the Old 97's built a devoted following with their blend of country and power pop influences, which won the group a brief stay on the roster of Elektra Records. All four members also pursued side projects, but Miller's solo career captured the most attention, with the literate songwriter training...
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