album review | ALT-COUNTRY
Rhett Miller, ‘The Dreamer’
Until now, this smart alt-country veteran has reserved his pop-rock side for his solo albums and his country side for releases with Old 97’s. But that band has long treated country much as the Byrds or even the Beatles did, fortifying sentimental old forms with spry sounds and wry sensibilities. So Miller’s fourth solo album in a decade — his first self-produced-and-released — is perhaps his most genuinely rustic in his 20-plus years of recording.