Wilco - Star Wars
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Based on 22 reviews
2015 Ratings: #75 / 770
Year End Rank: #36
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Based on 218 ratings
2015 Ratings: #264
July 16, 2015 / Release Date
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Entertainment Weekly
Wilco have often been referred to as “the American Radiohead,” but they are better than that descriptor—Radiohead never sound like they’re having this much fun.
Drowned in Sound
Everything sounds fresh, new and different, but every song is still recognisably Wilco; it just sounds like Wilco at their best.
Rolling Stone
It's their most concise, catchy, naturally songful album in at least a decade — the sound of a band reconnecting with the fun of rocking out together in a room.
Under The Radar

Star Wars is the glorious sound of an act still wired to create, programmed to experiment, and stacked with emotion to spare. Long may we treasure them, their doubts, and their beautifully uncompromising hearts, heads, and hands.

Consequence of Sound
After tearing off the bow and ripping through the wrapping paper, fans are left with the shaggiest, leanest, and most exploratory Wilco record in years.
A.V. Club

Star Wars sounds simultaneously cohesive and chaotic: If anything, the collection feels more akin to Wilco’s roughhewn concerts, which have always blasted the studio polish off the band’s songs.

Pretty Much Amazing
The record boasts snappy hooks, passive-aggressive bon mots, and plenty of noise, proving that Tweedy has no intention of calming down anytime soon.
The Guardian

Perhaps all will be revealed on repeated listens, but for now Star Wars sounds like a band having an absolute blast with both the pop music form and the ways in which we hear it.

Slant Magazine

The most surprising thing about the band's latest, though, is the music itself, which is by far the noisiest and most adventurous they've produced in over a decade, defiantly shattering the inarguably well-crafted but at times predictable adult-friendly folk-rock mold they've been mining since 2007's Sky Blue Sky.

This is the sound of a cohesive unit letting it rip in the studio for by far the shortest album of their careers – and not a note is misplaced or wasted, despite how (intentionally) messy it sounds.
American Songwriter
At under 34 minutes running time, it packs a punch that requires only the first listen to feel, from the spiky, unkempt guitars of opening instrumental “EKG” to the hazy fugue state conjured by closer “Magnetized.”

Where Wilco (The Album) and The Whole Love were enthusiastic but artful and crafted with care, Star Wars feels like an album full of experiments and happy accidents, 11 songs where the group members gathered in their rehearsal spot, rolled tape, and let their muse do what it will.

Wilco sound spryer, looser, livelier, wittier, and more fun than they have in years. And when was the last time anyone used “fun” to describe this serious band?

For much of Star Wars, this feels like Wilco at their most integrated, crisp and inspired, although they achieve this in typically unusual ways.


Star Wars confirms that Wilco now fully own a unique American noise wherein nothing is wholly traditional or wholly experimental.


This record is loose, low-stakes, and fun, adjectives that no one has used to describe Wilco since Being There.

The Line of Best Fit

Star Wars feels neither utterly victorious nor rushed, vapid or misjudged. Whilst moments of majesty and bona fide alt-rock wizardry snake in and out of the occasionally throwaway, the overriding feeling here is one of huge relief and pleasant surprise.

By stripping away their sound and for the most part, getting in and out of a song in about three minutes, Wilco has embraced their punkier roots. And for the first time in about a decade, listeners are now going to wonder what exactly a new Wilco album is going to sound like.

No one song sticks out so prominently this time around, but that’s just because Star Wars works so well as a cohesive whole.


As the ninth addition to the Wilco canon, Star Wars is a vessel for a few impressive tunes, another respectable — if just a little uninspired — step for a band that continues to unapologetically evolve.

This is a surprising record for Wilco in more ways than one. Along with its sudden release, Star Wars sees Wilco delivering some of their noisiest and boldest songs in years. It's more concise and pop-focused than the records of their classic era, but brings back the gnarled aesthetic of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born. In fact, it may get even noisier than those two at points, as opener EKG wouldn't sound out of place on a Viet Cong record. After a few listens, I can confidently say ... read more
It's a pretty impressive release from Wilco, and really the only album after Sky Blue Sky that sticks out to me. There are some pretty good riffs on this album and it's filled with catchy tunes. I like it!
Wilco has consistently made good music for 20 years, but don’t let that number fool you, “Star Wars” is a testament that Wilco can still pack a punch, and are still fresh and relevant.
You'd Except Wilco to not care at this point, but they don't.

Best: King Of You, The Joke Explained, Where Do I Begin.
Worst: Taste The Ceiling
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Track List

  1. EKG
  2. More….
  3. Random Name Generator
  4. The Joke Explained
  5. You Satellite
  6. Taste The Ceiling
  7. Pickled Ginger
  8. Where Do I Begin
  9. Cold Slope
  10. King of You
  11. Magnetized
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Added on: July 16, 2015