Love Is The King

Jeff Tweedy - Love Is The King
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #345 / 794
User Score
Based on 55 ratings
2020 Ratings: #459
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October 23, 2020 / Release Date
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Love Is the King displays luminous depth from a veteran songwriter who continues to grow into his craft.

Tweedy, with his unerring ability to find himself while getting lost, ushers in a conclusion that is happy and sad, with hope kept aflame by his faith in the power of song.

From the beautiful fable of A Robin Or A Wren to Even I Can Dee's delicate devotion, Love Is The King is determined to hold on tight to the good things while keeping a sharp eye on the mirror.

Far from scrappy, each of these tunes feels fresh with the spark of invention, while also revealing something about the players; their raw instincts are on display — their feelings as musicians and as people.
This music is his own kind of therapy, recognizing his emotions and working through them before they devour him, and he makes both the process and the challenges well worth hearing.
Consequence of Sound
He’s left behind more than just another solid record to add to his oeuvre, but also some reassurance that maybe things will be okay, so long as we keep sight of what’s important.
Under The Radar
For a man that has surrounded himself with some of the best players out there, Tweedy gives maestro Nels Cline a run for his money in several spots here.
None of these songs demand much attention from the listener, but that mellowness is part of the record’s charm.
Beats Per Minute
Tweedy creates a landscape of autumnal beauty and warm layers of guitars, which oscillate between experimental, almost distorted ambience and clear, saccharine folk melodies.
Loud and Quiet

A record to mature over time rather than instant classic, Love Is The King might just prove an equally reassuring presence as the world stumbles towards some sort of elusive normality during these uncertain times.

More Warm. In general I love both the vocal and musical tones that Tweedy works out, so I can almost always enjoy myself. Although I've liked Wilco for about 20 years now, lately I've really grown to really love this mans music. I've found his solo albums to be comforting. Kinda interesting he decided to start putting out solo stuff this well into his career.

This album is a family band.
It’s been interesting to see how certain musicians have been dealing with being isolated at home during 2020 and it seems like spending all this time with family has benefited singer-songwriter Jeff Tweety. With the help of his sons, Jeff comes through with an easy going americana record that focuses on how his wife and family have been his life’s saving grace. Just listening through Love Is the King just once, you become reassured that the Wilco frontman has not lost any of his ... read more
Warm and inviting, mellow and strangely comforting, Love is the King leaves you hoping it is.

Standouts: Opaline, Guess Again, Love Is The King, Natural Disaster, Half Asleep

Dropouts: none
Actually like this more than I anticipated. It's the most consistent record from the Wilcoverse in quite some time IMO
Better than Together At Last at least. A solid jam session of folky acoustic guitar songs, what did you expect? It's about as Tweedy as Tweedy gets, and longtime fans will enjoy, though won't go crazy over. Warm was for sure better.
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Track List

  1. Love Is The King
  2. Opaline
  3. A Robin Or A Wren
  4. Gwendolyn
  5. Bad Day Lately
  6. Even I Can See
  7. Natural Disaster
  8. Save It For Me
  9. Guess Again
  10. Troubled
  11. Half Asleep
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Added on: September 15, 2020