The Believer - Rhett Miller
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  • Summary: The second solo disc from the Old 97s frontman includes contributions from Rachael Yamagata and Jon Brion.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. He thinks he belongs up there in front of that expert new band, singing or shouting whatever banality, profundity, or turn of phrase he's written down, and his level of enthusiasm combined with his level of craft will convince anyone who still likes, you know, songs.
  2. Has less twang but more bang than any of his previous work. [4 Mar 2006]
  3. The Believer is a strong and enormous album about sex.
  4. While the Los Angeles-based Mr. Miller looks good at the cabaret mike, he's still better when part of a real band. [27 Feb 2006]
  5. The Believer may be a formula recording, but it still satisfies, for the most part, on the level of what it is: a finely crafted pop/rock album.
  6. Unfortunately, the music gets bogged down with strings and other symptoms of overproduction.
  7. No matter how many literary allusions or whimsically witty turns of phrase he packs into a verse, The Believer lacks the balance and blood of his previous work.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8