Rhett Miller – The Dreamer (Maximum Sunshine)

After the somewhat arty detour of his 2009 self-titled effort, Old 97’s front-man Rhett Miller returns to his roots with The Dreamer, his fifth solo record. While there is plenty of Miller’s lyrical wit and pop leanings to be heard throughout The Dreamer, he leans upon his country-folk-roots more on this record than perhaps any of his other solo work. And that is a big part of what makes the record so special. To hear Miller willingly embrace this part of his personality makes for one of his strongest solo outings since his 2002 solo record The Instigator.