The Instigator

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The Instigator
Rhett Miller-The Instigator.jpg
Studio album by Rhett Miller
Released September 24, 2002
Genre Pop rock, adult alternative
Length 40:47
Label Elektra
Producer Jon Brion
Rhett Miller chronology
The Instigator
The Believer
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link

The Instigator is the second studio album by American country/rock band performer, Rhett Miller, lead singer of the Old 97's. Miller's first album came more than a decade earlier. Miller is joined by idol Robyn Hitchcock on "Point Shirley".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rhett Miller.

  1. "Our Love"
  2. "This Is What I Do"
  3. "Come Around"
  4. "Things That Disappear"
  5. "World Inside The World"
  6. "Point Shirley"
  7. "Four-Eyed Girl"
  8. "Hover"
  9. "The El"
  10. "Your Nervous Heart"
  11. "I Want To Live"
  12. "Terrible Vision"
Japan-only bonus tracks
  1. "Erica the Beautiful"
  2. "This Is What I Do (Too)"


Primary Musicians

  • Rhett Miller - vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar on "Our Love", "The El"
  • Jon Brion - backing vocals, electric guitar, bass, drums, piano, acoustic guitar, dobro on "Point Shirley", upright piano on "Four Eyed Girl", "Hover", B-3 organ on "Four Eyed Girl", vibraphone on "Hover", baritone guitar on "The El", "Your Nervous Heart", "talentmaker" on "World Inside the World"
  • John Fresse - drums
  • Lenny Castro - percussion

Additional Musicians

  • Robyn Hitchcock - backing vocals, electric guitar on "Point Shirley"
  • Jim Keltner - drums on "Point Shirley", "Terrible Vision", percussion on "Terrible Vision"
  • David Garza - backing vocals, bass on "Four Eyed Girl", "distorto" guitar on "The El"
  • John Doe - backing vocals on "The El"
  • Dan McCaroll - drums on "The El"
  • Chrissy Guerrero - backing vocals on "Terrible Vision"
  • Karen Kilgarriff - backing vocals on "Terrible Vision"