AOTY 2018
Jeff Tweedy - WARM
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2018 Ratings: #87 / 709
User Score
Based on 101 ratings
2018 Ratings: #204
November 30, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Jeff Tweedy's latest album offers a welcome dose of head and heart at a time when both ought to be celebrated a little more.

90
Exclaim!

WARM is brilliant and meditative, and sounds like the work of a person who found something significant after digging through his mind, searching for some sense of his true self.

83
Pitchfork

Alive and inspired, WARM is a different type of reinvention—as daring as Wilco’s early landmarks but more subtle and sustainable. He’s not trying to break your heart. He just is.

83
Consequence of Sound

Jeff Tweedy has long grown into his standing as one of rock music’s most innovative songwriters, which might make WARM’s more stripped-down and folksier approach somewhat surprising. But this isn’t the sound of regression. Instead, it’s the work of a seasoned songwriter proving that he’s as good at penning powerful, personal songs in a traditional vein as he is layering records with bells and whistles.

80
NME

The Wilco frontman’s solo record uses left-fied lustre to keep trad triteness at bay, with moments that upend Americana as beautifully as ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ did with US indie rock.

80
American Songwriter

Tweedy might be missing his band members, but the restless, resonant spirit that drives Wilco’s best records seeps winningly into WARM just the same.

80
Paste

It feels like a privilege to hear Tweedy’s songs when he lets them out into the world.

80
The Line of Best Fit

WARM sees this industrious figurehead of intelligent American rock return to a form where he can balance these two extremes effortlessly and make the deeply personal sound thoroughly universal in a manner that is unlikely to leave cold anyone with a heart that is still beating.

80
PopMatters

Warm is Tweedy unfiltered, a gift that begs to be shared.

80
AllMusic

In its own quiet way, Warm is one of the most powerful works of Tweedy's career, and it's the sort of music too many of us need today.

80
Uncut

So, joy? Well, maybe, if you take joy 
and interrogate it to the point where it forgets how to dance. Warm is something else, tougher, but no less valuable. It’s a tender manifesto of self-doubt, a shout fading into a murmur.

80
Rolling Stone
With his veteran band currently on hiatus, this is convincing proof that Jeff Tweedy’s non-Wilco detours have become more than mere side projects to fill gaps between albums but rather, precious, intimate portraits of a songwriter who’s willing to openly display more of his scars than ever before.
80
The Guardian

There’s no need to be a Tweedy-ologist to appreciate Warm. It feels slight at first, but then the refusal to overembellish and overdevelop the songs brings them closer.

80
Clash
This record comes on like the voice of a friend, confessional and familiar - full of small, important reassurances.
80
The Observer

Thirty years into his career, Warm shows that Tweedy is as absorbing as ever.

75
Spectrum Culture

Lyrically accessible without being straightforward, the album allows Tweedy self-disclosure on both past and present, and offers insight into his way of seeing things as he moves forward.

70
Slant Magazine

The album comes close, in both timbre and tone, to reflecting the unvarnished Tweedy that shows up at his solo shows.

70
Northern Transmissions

While his emotions are the strong core of the record, it’s really an album that will either entrance you or lull you to a calm.

70
FLOOD Magazine
The album is frayed at the edges but sturdy where it counts; the guitars scrape and Tweedy’s voice rasps, but even in their scratchiness these eleven songs are impressively tuneful and casually eclectic, reveling in their ramshackle energy and homespun charm.
MasterCrackfox
75
A bluesy, southern-like inspired indie rock venture from Tweedy that doesn't come as a huge shock from his typical style, but rather is a more down to earth and smooth record than what you may find on a Wilco album. As it is, this is a pretty easy listen and is arguably pretty hard to dislike. It's straight-forward, pleasant, and meditative in a way that just about anyone can find something to like across the record. There aren't many risks to be expected here, but do there always have to ... read more
laz456
75
I'll take it! It's always hard not to compare his work to YHF, but this is a legitimate collection of tracks from Tweedy I'm glad he put out.

Edit: Enjoying this more and more.
dearsongs
80
I like this more than I was expecting. Not that I don’t like tweedy, but I haven’t loved the more recent Wilco output.

This is possibly my favorite tweedy thing this decade.
mbertels
65
At first listen, it sounds like a throwback to early alt-country Wilco days. But after repeated listens, it sounds more like Wilco (The Album) masquerading as Being There.

It's still thoroughly enjoyable, but it's more nostalgia than anything. It's like going into your childhood room as an adult and seeing your favorite toy when you were 8. It's the same toy, nothing has really changed on the surface, but it has lost some of its shine and what you're enjoying is the memory more than the toy ... read more
rosevean
76
#2 Some Birds
#5 Let's Go Rain
#7 I Know What It's Like
#9 The Red Brick
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MISC LISTS

/Pitchfork (Rock)

Track List

  1. Bombs Above
  2. Some Birds
  3. Don't Forget
  4. How Hard It Is For a Desert To Die
  5. Let's Go Rain
  6. From Far Away
  7. I Know What It's Like
  8. Having Been Is No Way To Be
  9. The Red Brick
  10. Warm (When the Sun Has Died)
  11. How Will I Find You?
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thisisabtlgrnd, Z.Younk, patton
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Added on: September 24, 2018