Rhett Miller - The Instigator (Elektra)
Frontman from one of the original Alt.Country bands, the Old 97s, this solo album is a pleasant surprise all round. Very, very poppy and upbeat, but his country voice really lends itself to these great tunes. A bit Matthew Sweet in places and featuring Robyn Hitchcock on one track. If you like guitar based pop/rock with simple, but clever chord structures, you’ll lap this album up.