There are flashier singer-songwriters than Rhett Miller. But are there better ones? On his fifth solo album, the alt-country stalwart delivers 13 sharp, shapely roots-rock songs, with flashes of surf rock and Brill Building pop surfacing amid the usual twang. As frontman of the Old 97's, Miller always sounded like an old soul; now, at 41, he wears his hard-won wisdom like a pair of old jeans.
Listen to 'The Dreamer':
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