Rhett Miller

  • Record Label: Shout
  • Release Date: Jun 9, 2009
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. On his third solo album, the thematic focus is intense enough to ignite kindling.
  2. There is no way that anything I’m about to write regarding Rhett Miller’s self-titled solo album will adequately convey the way harmony and heartache meet with sharp wit, sweet woe and sly wordplay over a magnificent mixture of power-pop hooks, harder-rock riffs and tender folk ballads to perform the musical alchemy currently streaming from my speakers.
  3. While it might be an uncomfortable state of mind for the musician, it makes for some compelling tunes here.
  4. Per usual for his solo work, he's made his strongest set yet.
  5. On this fine self-titled set (produced, as was the most recent 97's album, by Dallas-based Salim Nourallah) Miller works his familiar mixture of '60s-pop jangle and alt-country twang, singing about the highs and lows of love like someone who just experienced them for the first time.
  6. If Rhett Miller only intermittently generates excitement, it’s because after 2002’s wonderful "The Instigator," Miller seemed bound for more lasting rock glory. Instead he’s settled comfortably into the minor leagues, reliably scattering the kinds of hits that still turn scouts’ heads.
  7. It's an ambitious album that finds Miller really stretching himself as a songwriter, but it's hard not to wish there were more songs like the nervy 'If It's Not Love' on board to help the medicine go down.
  8. He sounds like a pro here too, turning in uniformly high quality performances, but without much thrill or excitement.
  9. Alternative Press
    60
    The signature '97's twang takes a backseat to finely tuned pop songs. The downside? It falls short of going anywhere new musically. [Jul 2009, p.130]
  10. Like much of Rhett Miller, and unlike much oft-unctuous power pop, it's music seemingly made to softly impress rather than outright inspire.
  11. Miller has the voice to support the songs and the talent to write a whole sturdy catalog of them. But with the bravado and confidence he’s shown in the past, the problem is one of volume. With so much to say, much of Rhett Miller feels muted.
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  1. MichaelW
    Jun 21, 2009
    9
    This is my first taste of Rhett as a solo artist. I amazed at the melodies and lyrics. Its been on repeat for 2 days straight.