The Dreamer

The Dreamer

by Rhett Miller


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You don't have to be an especially astute observer of Rhett Miller's career to notice the obvious dichotomy of his work -- as the lead singer with the Old 97's, he sings spunky, uptempo alt-country tunes with a pleasing Texas twang in his voice, while the Rhett Miller who makes solo albums makes smart pop music with an arty edge and sings with what appears to be some sort of British accent. So the big surprise in The Dreamer is this is the first Rhett Miller solo album where he's willing to let his country influences hold sway; this is a very different sort of roots-oriented music than the Old 97's, built on acoustic instruments and subdued tempos that suggest folk-rock more than the get-up-and-go mood of his band, but the guy singing is clearly the Rhett Miller on Too Far to Care rather than The Believer, as if his twin personalities have finally found common ground. Miller hasn't tossed away his slicker pop sensibilities; he's just allowed them to shake hands with his naturally twangy self, and songs like "Picture This," "This Summer Lie," and "Out of Love" are of a piece with Miller's solo work, only with arrangements that sound considerably more organic and less fussy (and with occasional interjections of steel guitar). And though "Lost Without You," "Sleepwalkin'," and "Swimmin' in Sunshine" might have felt a little too low-key in the context of an Old 97's album, they sound fine here, confirming that Rhett Miller is a first-class songwriter when his muse is with him regardless of generic restraints. And Miller's duet with Rosanne Cash on "As Close as I Came to Being Right" is a gem, one of the best realized moments of his solo career; it's the best thing on The Dreamer, but there's plenty of other music here that should earn the approval of fans of both Rhett Millers.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
Label: Maximum Sunshine
UPC: 0885686930991
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 238708

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhett Miller   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Rosanne Cash   Vocals
Jerry Marotta   Percussion
Joe McGinty   Piano
Kevin McMahon   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Rachael Yamagata   Vocals
Jed Kosiner   Percussion
Angela Webster   Drums
Rich Hinman   Pedal Steel Guitar
Heather Robb   Vocals
Greg Beshers   Bass
Tommy Borsheid   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Rosanne Cash   Composer
Jude Cole   Composer
Danny Goldberg   Management
Rhett Miller   Composer,Producer
Kevin French   Booking
Kevin McMahon   Engineer
Ben Kweller   Composer
Brady Brock   Publicity
Nick Ferrara   Legal Counsel
Alonzo Vargas   Engineer
James Smith   Composer
Jesse Bauer   Management
Ken Weinstein   Publicity
Kurt Vitolo   Management
Adam Armstrong   Engineer
James Cleare   Composer

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