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The Interpreter: Live at Largo

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Rhett Miller's solo work has been considerably different than the music he's made with his band the Old 97's, to the point that they seem to be the product of two different personalities. They both sing a lot about problems with women, but the Rhett Miller who fronts the Old 97's sounds like a regular guy from Texas with an uncommon degree of self-awareness that fails him when he sees a pretty girl, while the other Rhett Miller aspires to be British and often sounds like a pretty boy hipster, albeit one who is far better grounded than most of his peers. The Interpreter, however, is the first Rhett Miller album that sounds like these two hemispheres exist in the same mind; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Rhett Miller's solo work has been considerably different than the music he's made with his band the Old 97's, to the point that they seem to be the product of two different personalities. They both sing a lot about problems with women, but the Rhett Miller who fronts the Old 97's sounds like a regular guy from Texas with an uncommon degree of self-awareness that fails him when he sees a pretty girl, while the other Rhett Miller aspires to be British and often sounds like a pretty boy hipster, albeit one who is far better grounded than most of his peers. The Interpreter, however, is the first Rhett Miller album that sounds like these two hemispheres exist in the same mind; most of The Interpreter was recorded live at the L.A. night spot Largo as Miller sings a set of covers with just his acoustic guitar for accompaniment. Jon Brion sits on piano on several numbers, and two studio cuts close out the program. The set list suggests the two Millers drew it up as a team, with tunes by Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Tweedy sitting comfortably beside songs by David Bowie, Ray Davies, and Elvis Costello. However, the guy singing is clearly the man from the Old 97's, even when he's belting out "Queen Bitch" or "Waterloo Sunset," and the fellow's unaffected enthusiasm makes this album memorable. He also finds more folky twang in the Pixies' "Wave of Mutilation" and Robyn Hitchcock's "Cynthia Mask" than one might imagine. The Interpreter documents one night in the life of a man who sings with skill and passion, but is also clearly an eclectic music fan who loves all these tunes, and hearing him occasionally gush about the greatness of the material adds no small charm to the performances. No matter which Rhett Miller steps up to the microphone, he knows a great tune when he hears one, and he shares 14 favorites on The Interpreter that please fans of either side of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2011
  • Label: Maximum Sunshine
  • UPC: 885686930809
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 150,298

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhett Miller Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jon Brion Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Joey Santiago Acoustic Guitar
Tom Biller Bass
Technical Credits
Woody Guthrie Composer
David Bowie Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Robyn Hitchcock Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Jon Brion Producer
Roddy Frame Composer
Danny Goldberg Management
Elliott Smith Composer
Rhett Miller Liner Notes
Kevin French Booking
John Cummings Composer
Brady Brock Publicity
Tom Biller Engineer
Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus Composer
Jesse Bauer Management
Francis Garcia Producer
Raymond Douglas Davies Composer
Thomas Earl Petty Composer
Jeffrey Hyman Composer
Douglas Colvin Composer
Jeffrey Scott Tweedy Composer
Mark Flanagan Liner Notes
Jay W. Bennett Composer
Francis Black Composer
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