The Whole Love

Wilco - The Whole Love
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Based on 32 reviews
2011 Ratings: #48 / 964
Year End Rank: #31
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Based on 129 ratings
2011 Ratings: #171
September 27, 2011 / Release Date
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Consequence of Sound

Most of the tracks borrow from different eras of the band’s career, and the record marks their best since 2004′s A Ghost Is Born.


The Whole Love is a finely-tuned, determinedly subtle album, full of discreet touches and unassuming flourishes that can often only be gleaned when paying very close attention.

Beats Per Minute

The Whole Love is a solid return for Wilco, and hopefully them pushing their sound in more new directions as they have done here.


The Whole Love proves the band is still moving forward, still changing, even if it’s not in the lofty ways we expect it to.

Drowned in Sound

There’s songs that are more ambitious and some that are more successful, but all of them fit as a cohesive whole

No Ripcord

The Whole Love is precisely an answer to those who relegate the kind of music Wilco makes as old-timey.


The weird, winsome Whole Love is certainly Wilco's least consistent LP in a while, but inconsistency has its own rewards.

Unfortunately, it seems as though the strength of Wilco's releases has started to wane for me as a listener up to this point in their discography. I truly don't believe this is an issue of consistency, as the act have consistently maintained their sound since more clearly defining it in the late 90s. It seems as though Wilco have found their comfort zone here, and with comfort at times comes stagnation.

This isn't a universal for The Whole Love. There are certainly a small selection of tracks ... read more
The Whole Love is a bit of a mess. It's solid and has some decent Wilco tracks but there just isn't any consistency or here. Some tracks are just boring and it does feel like the band regressed a bit as this feels more like their early country works they were moving away from. Still there are some solid Wilco songs here especially the final song "One Sunday Morning" which is just this sweet ten minute track that feels oh so soothing for the soul.

Best Track: One Sunday Morning (Song ... read more
#2 I Might
#4 Dawned On Me
As a fan of Wilco, it really depresses me to hear them produce such uninspired and monotonous music. This album had very little of anything that interested me.

Decent 5/10
There's a soft spot in my heart for this album. It goes against all my critical standpoints and has everything to do with my years as a Wilco fan.
The Whole Love is what I call the final album from Wilco version 2.0. I mean, they took a 4-year break after this...They're like a new band now. This was the last time I can recall them having full energy. And it works out like a career-spanning set of tracks, or a Greatest Hits Jr. Prime Wilco is some of my favorite music of all time. And they do a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Art of Almost
  2. I Might 
  3. Sunloathe 
  4. Dawned On Me 
  5. Black Moon 
  6. Born Alone 
  7. Open Mind 
  8. Capitol City 
  9. Standing O 
  10. Rising Red Lung 
  11. Whole Love 
  12. One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)
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Added on: June 29, 2011