After the underwhelming results of Rhett Miller's pop makeover on 03's The Instigator, advance word that the Old 97's main man was working with producer George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, Tom Petty) seemed to promise a return to rock 'n' roll. Nope. Other than a few handclaps, there's nothing resembling rock or roll here. Drakoulias has instead called up his L.A. session pals - the usual suspects who turn out generic adult contemporary radio fodder for Tori Amos, Fiona Apple or whoever else is paying - to work up soulless romantic pop balladeer backing tracks for Miller to sensitively croon over. Miller's compositions are typically well crafted and slightly artier than what you'd hear on, say, a Josh Groban disc, but this isn't too far off that sort of pouty boy bellowing. Expect to hear American Idol contestants warbling Meteor Shower and wedding DJs dropping I'm With Her.