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  • Summary: The fourth solo album for the Old 97s singer was produced by Salim Nourallah and features Jon Brion, The Apples In Stereo's John Dufilho, and Billy Harvey.

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Need To Know Where I Stand
Kissing in a classroom on a campus on the coast after hours of analysis I loved you first, yeah, I loved you most Now it feels like paralysis And... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. He sounds like a pro here too, turning in uniformly high quality performances, but without much thrill or excitement.
  7. 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
    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.