AOTY 2019

Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
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Based on 25 reviews
2009 Ratings: #287 / 851
Year End Rank: #19
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Based on 96 ratings
2009 Ratings: #138
June 30, 2009 / Release Date
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73
Pitchfork

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.

60
PopMatters

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.

nemgax
79
+1 point for each hump on that weird looking dog
MasterCrackfox
65
Similar to A Ghost Is Born, Wilco (The Album) is another relatively humdrum release from the iconic act. Few tracks have a lasting impact over time, and as I mull over the album there is very little of note that feels worth discussing in depth. Tweedy still comes off as a genuine voice in the music scene, and the aesthetic of Wilco's instrumentals feels fleshed out; the act continuing to explore the various sides of their sound across a full length release.

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scott96k
80
the lyrics to You Never Know will always be relevant
rosevean
75
#3 One Wing
#4 Bull Black Nova
#6 You Never Know
#10 Sunny Feeling
89
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
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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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