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  • Summary: The sixth solo album for the Old 97's frontman sees more country music influences than his previous solo releases.
  • Record Label: Maximum Sunshine
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. As usual the songs come clear eventually.
  2. 80
    It's his easiest, least labored sounding record in years, still lushly produced yet not overly fussy.
  3. 80
    His fifth solo album calls on both his folk and roots-rock experiences, in a bold yet familiar transition for the seasoned performer. [Jul 2012, p.98]
  4. Jun 5, 2012
    70
    [The Dreamer's] sad pedal steel and simple tropes might sound formulaic were Miller not so advanced at his craft, with wryness and spryness enlivening even the acoustic guitar and corny extended metaphor of "Marina."
  5. 70
    What is undeniably true is that Miller has rediscovered the alt-country voice that earned him his fanbase back in the '90s.
  6. Jun 6, 2012
    70
    A breezy, but challenging mix of pop and folk rock songs.
  7. Jun 6, 2012
    60
    Miller can't help occasional returns to his powerpop protocol. [Jul 2012, p.77]

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Jun 17, 2012
    6
    "The Dreamer" is an purely country album - which is unique in th fifth-album Miller's career. On CD are included mostly cheesy song about"The Dreamer" is an purely country album - which is unique in th fifth-album Miller's career. On CD are included mostly cheesy song about nothing - but here there were also a place for solid compositions, such as rock "Out Of Love" or similar to the "Neon Bible" by Arcade Fire song "Sleepwalkin' ". Still the album has soothing, country-folk character - perfect for a Sunday afternoons, however in comparison with the competition falls fairly average. Expand