Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
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Based on 13 reviews
2002 Ratings: #1 / 189
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2002 Ratings: #1
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Beneath the great story of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, there are all the tropes and symbols and coincidences of a little mythology; but under that is a fantastic rock record.


While their songs still maintain the loose intimacy that was apparent on their debut A.M., the music has matured to reveal a complexity that is rare in pop music, yet showcased perfectly on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Unlike other artists where you try to relate your situation to the songs, Wilco’s work just seems so natural, like a conversation with someone you grew up with.
Drowned in Sound

An album that is so compelling, complex and challenging but still remains completely free of any pretence. Believe it or not this album actually exists, and it goes by the name of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


With each revisiting, a new layer of the noise seems to click into place, and what’s left at the heart is an eclectic and often somber collection of Americana at its best: honest, open, fragile, shaky, and burdened with an indefinable sadness that tinges even its most upbeat moments.

Entertainment Weekly

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a subliminal album. Spin it once and it barely registers. Play it five or six times and its vaporous, insinuating, rusty-carousel melodies start to carve out a permanent orbit in your skull.

No Ripcord
With Jim O'Rourke on hand, to add yet more spiky touches of genius, only the bleakest of hearts will fail to be touched by the colossal weight of aching creativity that flows through this record.

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot sounds like a statement; it simply doesn't register on a gut level that something as simultaneously epic and homespun as this doesn't have some huge link to real world events.

There's love, there's the war on terror, and for Wilco, both are a battlefield. 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' sees the former country rockers streamlining their sound down to a painful bareness, and telling us how they hurt.
Rolling Stone

In Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, keyboard-guitar player Leroy Bach and drummer Glenn Kotche actually bring you the enchanting sound of things falling apart — and gingerly, doggedly coming together again. This is an honest, vivid chaos, and it tells a good story.

The Guardian

The band have taken some giant lateral leaps that make any notions of alt.country sound hilariously inadequate.

Every once in awhile, I stumble upon a widely regarded classic that lacks any sort of noticeable merit. Maybe my enjoyment is initially fueled by hype. Maybe if I were to take a step back, I'd see a glaring flaw or find nothing spectacular at all. I had this superstition for quite some time with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. What made this so revered to the public eye as opposed to, say, The Wallflowers? (No hate to the latter though.) It just kind of meshed with other folk and alt-country staples to ... read more
I don't know where I would be without this album. I don’t meant to be too personal here but this saved my life back in 2015, brought me up from my lowest of lows.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a record which I don't think I have the words to explain. This album is iconic and absolutely deserves all the praise it gets. Wilco completely embraces the alternative and indie rock sound they had been dabbling with since Being There except now being drenched in this post 911 atmosphere.

From the start of this record we can already here Wilco's willingness to experiment on "i am trying to break your heart" The soundscapes are wild using all sorts of ... read more
Before I started listening, I only knew the song Jesus.etc which is one of my favorite songs ever so I was afraid the rest of the album wouldn't be so good. But as usual there was nothing to be afraid of because I have to admit that it is fucking Great. I love the melodies in all these songs and most of all the vocalist's voice which is very pleasant to the ear. The instrumental parts are great and create a fabulous atmosphere. The album has practically no special flaws, only I can get attached ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart 
  2. Kamera 
  3. Radio Cure 
  4. War on War 
  5. Jesus, etc. 
  6. Ashes of American Flags 
  7. Heavy Metal Drummer 
  8. I'm the Man Who Loves You 
  9. Pot Kettle Black 
  10. Poor Places 
  11. Reservations

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