Wilco - Ode to Joy
Ode to Joy
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Doofy
79
Guys must have heard there’s an opening for fourth best Wilco album behind Yankee, Summerteeth and Being There.
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
dearsongs
84
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
Aoaystheory
69
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
ElectricMess
79
Tweedy soothes the soul
lostatsea__
80
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.
Yaysuz
60
After the conclusion of Jeff Tweedy's WARM, Wilco finally reunite as a band again and put out a new album almost a year later.

And to me, Ode to Joy seems like "standard" Wilco. It is not trying anything new. As if this album was put out to just meet the Wilco quota. Though that leads to a slightly boring album, I guess it is only fair that we get new Wilco material. Ode to Joy is inoffensive, it's your run-of-the-mill indie rock album. Not much to say. At least I got some nice ... read more
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
NewDawnFadez
50
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.
MarkCooper
87
This album struck a cord with me more than any other this year, and it's continued to be my most revisited album. The muted, subdued nature of Ode to Joy couldn't be executed any better, supplying a look into the years going by, fighting aging relationships and personal motivation. It's probably my second favorite album by Wilco, and I know I'll enjoy it more each year as I settle into my life. It's an album for stopping and listening closely to life going by, and the little decisions that make ... read more
notanalt
70
Is This A Lisa Reference ?
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.
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.
Tielur
83
Wilco has finally given me something to cling on to once more.
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
ieatcheesepie
80
no jpegmafia feature :(
GabrielDiablo
84
Very good
davecoop18
83
The back half of their career has been just as enjoyable as the first half.
HoodieBraden
70
On 'Ode To Joy', Wilco returns to a more simple and quiet sound compared to the stuff they put out throughout the 2000s and 2010s. It's the first Wilco album I've enjoyed in awhile...
daFigz
73
1st listen had me turning the volume way down low. Why do you ask? Because they mixed the album so heavily compressed it devastates the audio quality hugely. Hugely. HUGELY. [Simmers down a bit while searching for Apple's contact info]… Well, like most Wilco records after 'Sky Blue Sky' the (some of the) songs grew to be more minimalist or cryptic. Sparse, maybe? I dunno... [Shakes head tenderly]. But, I love Glen Kotcke's drumming and I still would like to punch Nels Cline in the face ... read more
winitheju
76
Finally got around to it. Better than I anticipated. Best effort in a while
MinatoArisato
60
Subtle and peaceful yet sad. This record has a nice vibe but the sparsity of it does make it get a tad boring in places.

Best Track: Before Us
Worst Track: Quiet Amplifier
JayCrackers
65
It's Good but nothing great nor groundbreaking on this album. The stripped back feel gives this album a lush and smooth feel which sounds amazing at first but the more you listen to it the more dull it gets. Therefore, there is ultimately no real substance in this album which makes it great. Is it their best album this decade, maybe. But it is not where near as fantastic as their 2002 as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Track Review:
Bright Leaves 6.5/10
Before Us 6.5/10
One and a Half Stars 6/10
Quiet ... read more
koala1712
47
yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwnnnnnnn
Z.Younk
83
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.
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