Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
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Based on 24 reviews
2009 Ratings: #282 / 834
Year End Rank: #19
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Based on 81 ratings
2009 Ratings: #118
June 30, 2009 / Release Date
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At this point in Wilco's 15-year history, the band have been a lot of things, all of them sort of nebulous: alt-country, Americana, neo-folk, quasi-experimental, and, if you insist, "dad rock." Miraculously, the disparate strains within the group's catalog have somehow flowed together into a unifying aesthetic, largely due to Jeff Tweedy's distinctive singing voice and remarkable consistency as a songwriter. Though their previous releases, particularly the schizoid A Ghost Is Born, have embraced this eclecticism, the band's seventh proper LP, Wilco (The Album), does just what the title implies, and consolidates their style into a coherent statement of identity.


Wilco’s success is largely due to their ability to continually surprise, if not outright confound, their audience. Their first five albums saw the band transform from alt-country torchbearers to Wall-of-Sound sculptors to post-rock deconstructionists. Facilitating this transformation was a steady rotation of band members, moving both into and then out of the ranks, eventually leaving frontman Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt as the only two orig

inal members. Looking back over their career, it’s easy to see that this constant shuffling of members propelled Wilco’s sonic evolution.

+1 point for each hump on that weird looking dog
#3 One Wing
#4 Bull Black Nova
#6 You Never Know
#10 Sunny Feeling
A Blend Of What Wilco Does Best but not as intriguing as something like their other work.

Best: You And I, Wilco The Song, Deeper Down
Worst: I'll Fight
A consistent and fairly interesting record that serves as a summary of the musical directions they took throughout the years. As the title suggests, it's about who Wilco really are musically.
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Track List

  1. Wilco The Song
  2. Deeper Down
  3. One Wing
  4. Bull Black Nova
  5. You And I
  6. You Never Know
  7. Country Disappeared
  8. Solitaire
  9. I'll Fight
  10. Sunny Feeling
  11. Everlasting

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