Wilco (The Album)

Wilco - Wilco (The Album)
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2009 Ratings: #301 / 867
Year End Rank: #20
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Based on 108 ratings
2009 Ratings: #158
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.

the lyrics to You Never Know will always be relevant
+1 point for each hump on that weird looking dog
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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Wilco proceeds to do what they know best on their self titled album, Alt-Country with intrinsic lyrics surround by a lush soundscape with work well with the vocals and lyrics more bittersweet aesthetics but it doesn't stick out as much as their other records but it is still a very good record one which fans will enjoy.

Track Review

Wilco The Song 8.5/10.
Deeper Down 7.5/10.
One Wing 8/10
Bull Black Nova 8/10
You And I 8.5/10.
You Never Know 7.5/10.
Country Disappeared 7.5/10.
Solitaire ... read more
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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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