Wilco - Ode to Joy
Ode to Joy
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ACreativeName
40
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
Doofy
79
Guys must have heard there’s an opening for fourth best Wilco album behind Yankee, Summerteeth and Being There.
dearsongs
82
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
ElectricMess
79
Tweedy soothes the soul
MasterCrackfox
78
The closest Wilco have come to their best form since their classic 2002 release Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Ode to Joy is an album that utilizes a familiar stripped down instrumentation with the right amount of an atmospheric tone to feel like a more fleshed out sound for the group.

Wilco have spent a little less time this decade really filling out the musical space. An album like Star Wars was far more heavy in sound and therefore had little space to fill to begin with, and Schmilco was such a ... read more
lostatsea__
83
I’m aware this isn’t anything groundbreaking but it’s so good. It’s sad but comforting as well.

Love is Everywhere (Beware) and One and a Half Stars are amazing tracks.
NewDawnFadez
60
I’ve seen quite a few people in my circle of music listeners saying that this is the best Wilco album in years, and well, I guess, they’re not technically wrong! But this album doesn’t really have much to offer in terms of fresh ideas or immersive songwriting. It gets rather unexciting really quickly. Thank goodness there’s a few standout songs on here that rear their head up every now and then.
notanalt
70
Is This A Lisa Reference ?
The_Ofay
75
Despite the comfort zone in which the band has been sitting for years, the new album is definitely the strongest effort to get out of it. Definitely the best thing they've done since the Yankee.

Favs: Bright Leaves, One and a Half Stars, Everyone Hides, Love Is Everywhere (Beware), An Empty Corner.
joan_
95
Why does nobody love this record as much as I do? I mean, the percussion on this thing is so pretty and fills up so much space that makes the songs on here feel so stripped down and acoustic, plus there's virtually no reverb and that makes everything so much intimate and interesting to me, it feels much organic and raw, plus the experimentation with the guitars is amazing although it could've been a disaster, because making a record like this can either be a bad fleet foxes ripoff with awful ... read more
GabrielDiablo
84
Very good
alleyoop2capela
81
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. Quiet Amplifier is brilliant and the atmosphere throughout the album is perfect for this time of year.
koala1712
47
yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwnnnnnnn
Z.Younk
80
Jeff Tweedy has been on a career renaissance high since 2015's Star Wars after a few wavering years post-2007's creative-high point many say, 'Sky Blue Sky'. This has included Wilco's last several records and his solo work, and this one is a culmination of that streak; if Warm(er) weren't the pinnacle, this is.
67
Latter-day Wilco albums have struggled to hold interest despite Jeff Tweedy’s consistently capable songwriting. “Ode to Joy” is one of the better-written later Wilco albums, but the album is so musically narrow that some appealing songwriting and pretty melodies never have the chance to emerge from the sea of quiet balladry. The slowness of “Ode to Joy” is certainly a non-arbitrary artistic decision; the ballad structure is a strong thematic fit for the songs. But ... read more
DukeEman
76
A softer and gentle Wilco that hits the emotional core of the placidity of life, perfect for when taking long walks with your thoughts...
77
Beautifully understated, Wilco's new album abides by the virtue of quiet and so carves out its place in today's noise. Ode to Joy sounds like Arcade Fire on Xanax circa the Funeral era, and I mean that in the best way possible.
Best Track: Everyone Hides
Favorite Track: Quiet Amplifier
80
no jpegmafia feature :(
jacksimpson741
60
unless this album ends up predicting another major tragedy, it's only gonna be okay to me
MusicGod
74
star wars is better
polinagagarkina
70
strong 7
You'reSoBaby
60
Wilco gonna Wilco.
MagnetoJenkins
70
I actually kinda like this more than I thought I would.
Still some of the same unfortunately boring symptoms as their last album, but their are hints of their Jim O'Rourke era scattered throughout. Just an interesting approach to me.
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