Ode to Joy

Wilco - Ode to Joy
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2019 Ratings: #200 / 757
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Based on 240 ratings
2019 Ratings: #448
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October 4, 2019 / Release Date
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Ode To Joy counters the loose and low-stakes nature of Star Wars and Schmilco in a series of finely honed reflections that adds a new perspective to the conversation of politics.

The Line of Best Fit

Such moments of challenging, bold experimentation, coupled with a set of by turns desolate and uplifting, strange and sweet tunes, makes Ode to Joy mandatory listening for anyone interested in the enduring creative potential of rock - sorry, folk – music.

Rolling Stone

Ode To Joy shows off some of Wilco’s prettiest and most comforting songs, Tweedy’s enlarged heart transplanted back into a band ... that’s never sounded more empathic.

The Independent

Ode to Joy is exactly the album Wilco fans need right now.

The Guardian

Stripped back it may be, but Wilco’s 11th album combines expressive lyrics about change with big singalong choruses.

Northern Transmissions

These are big, warm beautiful songs, full of sincerity but always with a trick up their sleeves.


Ode to Joy reveals that after their sabbatical, Wilco are more than willing to explore the boundaries of their music, and they do so with the confidence and sense of daring that has marked their best work from Being There onward.

No Ripcord

That’s what Ode to Joy does best: it fights against hopelessness by accepting it.


It's a multi-layered affair but each one provokes serious feelings and thoughts for those who peel them back.

Under The Radar

Ode to Joy is a seemingly small-scale record; a pale-skinned beauty of an album that has much to say, says it deliberately, often quietly; like a whisper of advice from an old friend reminding you that you, me, we... need to carry on.

Consequence of Sound

Ode to Joy reminds us of how good the band can be with the benefit of time and deliberation.


With such a cross-section of song styles, Ode to Joy demonstrates the range of Wilco’s abilities, from quiet and folky to turbulent and cathartic.

Spectrum Culture

This album’s intermittent flashes make it the most enjoyable that Wilco has been in years.


When it hits its stride, the album is beautiful in an almost malevolent sort of way with some truly beautiful soundscapes.

Guys must have heard there’s an opening for fourth best Wilco album behind Yankee, Summerteeth and Being There.
The cover to Ode to Joy is fitting in a way; the album sounds like a blank, painfully empty void, absolutely devoid of a personality or face. Its only emotion is a state of soulless ennui. Pleasant and very listenable on the surface, yes, but once you get past that surface-level threshold of enjoyment, there is very little to dissect here. It's almost reminiscent of Mac DeMarco's latest effort in some respects. Both get stale quickly, and don't even present the bare minimum when it comes to ... read more
Sounding like the best Wilco album in more than a decade.

I love how this things chugs along, especially the rhythm section. After Wilco took a little break and Tweedy did his own thing for a while the band are back together and sounding like they haven't missed a beat. Actually, these songs sound married in ways that other Wilco albums haven't. Nels Cline's guitar work is subtle or up front at all the right times. The first 5 track run is pretty perfect, and while Tweedy is at times ... read more
Living under the shadow of a masterpiece like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot would cause most bands to disintegrate, but Wilco keeps pumping out good records 25 years into their run and will likely never stop.

If you’re not a big fan of Wilco’s, I’ll ruin the record for you: It’s a bore. This sounds like something the more “hip” guy in an old folks’ home would put on while playing chess with his buddies. Yep, this sounds like music for old people made by old ... read more
Tweedy soothes the soul
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Track List

  1. Bright Leaves
  2. Before Us
  3. One and a Half Stars
  4. Quiet Amplifier
  5. Everyone Hides
  6. White Wooden Cross
  7. Citizens
  8. We Were Lucky
  9. Love Is Everywhere (Beware)
  10. Hold Me Anyway
  11. An Empty Corner
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Added on: July 16, 2019