The Instigator

The Instigator

by Rhett Miller


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Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596278829
catalogNumber: 62788
Rank: 166648

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rhett Miller   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Robyn Hitchcock   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Jon Brion   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Vibes,Piano (Upright),Guitar (Baritone)
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Josh Freese   Drums
Davíd Garza   Bass,Background Vocals,Guitar Effects

Technical Credits

Jon Brion   Producer,Vocal Coach
Lili Picou   Art Direction
Tom Biller   Engineer

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The Instigator 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rhett Miller¿s ¿The Instigator¿ is like a breath of fresh air; so much so that I often confuse the two. Miller covers all the ground on his solo debut. His formula is simple enough that musicians should kick their own rears. It is, however, a formula that is heartfelt, genuine, and certainly rocks hard enough to make your girlfriend forget about you. Fear not devotees, ¿The Instigator¿ is as smart as the Old 97¿s albums with a bit more listenability. Robyn Hitchcock and John Doe serve as instant credibility without sacrificing style, and Jon Brion¿s production (and playing) is, as always, pop genius. Tracks like ¿Come Around,¿ ¿Hover,¿ ¿Four-Eyed Girl¿ and, heck, all of them allow for a flat-out, no B.S. fun listen. Rhett¿s not curing cancer here, but save that stuff for the experts, this album is the real deal. One word of advice: don¿t take your girlfriend to see Rhett in concert because, man, you don¿t want that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually, a good friend of mine introduced me to the Old 97's while we were in her car driving around one day. At first I couldn't engage myself into that type of music (I was into a lot of punk music back then), but after I heard the first track of their album, Fight Songs, I couldn't stop listening to them. Finally, I bought my own album, and that is all I ever listen to these days. About 4 or 5 months ago, she and I found his solo CD, and we were both so crazy about the cover, commented on how hott he looked, and bought it because we were dying to listen to what he had to say/sing. As he never failed to complete his mission to send his message out by singing as great as he does, we both were over-satisfied with his album. Rhett Miller has an awesome voice, and I wish everyone could have a copy of his album, just because you need to listen to him every once and a while. His songs, like the others on ALL of the Old 97's albums, make me smile and I always seem to be in a better mood no matter what I'm doing... as long as I listen to my Rhett Miller, I'm all right! ^_^ I suggest you should buy the album right now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot of songs on this album make me want to sing in the shower: Hover, which is generically pleasant, This is What I Do, and Come Around, the first single. Terrible Vision is perfect for everyone to clap in unison or flail like closed-eyed hippies. The background harmonies sound good and Beatles-y. The El is the country-est, Old 97s-est one, and also my current favorite on the album. The speedy drums are as good as a Red Bull at waking me up from post-lunchhour sluggishness. Let me never hear any of these songs while drunk in public, because I will surely make a fool of myself by dancing my little heart out. This album gets lots of stars, upward-pointed thumbs, and smiley faces. I hereby command you to buy it immediately.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you're an oldtime Old 97's fan, you know pretty well the evolution of the band: indie alt-country heroes to major-label power-poppers with heaps of critical praise, just THAT close to being big rock stars. This album, the first (or second) major solo release from lead singer Rhett Miller (depends on if you count Mythologies, about 12 years ago), does not sound like the 97's. But who cares? It's full of classy, peppy pop songs that are quirky and clever without sounding too pretentious or precious. Rhett can make high-falutin' allusions (Kafka and Wagner IN THE SAME TRACK!) without sounding like a snob, and he can deliver earnest love songs, upbeat rockers... you name the song, he can probably do it. Rhett is probably not going for a no. 1 single with this album, but he doesn't have to... these songs stand alone as great songs, and together they make a great album. The writing combines an Elvis Costello-like intelligence and wit with a Ben Folds-like lighter touch. Altogether, it's a great album, and with only 12 tracks and a length of about 40 minutes, it's sure to leave you wanting more.