Wilco - Schmilco
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Ratings: #312 / 721
User Score
Based on 147 ratings
2016 Ratings: #264
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Consequence of Sound

The songs have chaos without ever being chaotic. This leaves room for some of Tweedy’s surliest (and best) one-liners that tie back to that idea of joyous negativity.

A.V. Club

Schmilco is Wilco’s most musically simple and emotionally resonant record in a decade, gorgeously naked and efficient.


Without question, Schmilco is Wilco’s quietest, most disquieting album. And if Tweedy’s soul-baring amid these artfully austere backdrops constitutes a performance, it’s a pretty convincing one.

Pretty Much Amazing

It’s hard to convince the cool kids that this record’s quiet rebellion is worth hearing because it’s not drowned in irony or heady guitar parts or electronic sonics or whatever langue du jour. It’s simply, as mentioned, unpretentious, unassuming, and crucially, good music.

Slant Magazine

It's ... an album that so sincerely accepts maturation beyond supposed stasis, or prurient middle-age crises, that it should make us drop the term “dad rock” as a pejorative and accept that it can also be used as a description of high art.

The Line of Best Fit

Even as another merely good Wilco album ... Schmilco does pay plentiful dividends for listeners patient enough to discover its gradually revealed riches.

Loud and Quiet

It seems like, two decades in, they’re knowingly recording the type of instant back catalogue albums that future completists will discover and cherish another twenty years from now.


A moving, disquieting experience, sweetness and fear mingling together as the summer fades into autumn. 

NOW Magazine

More than any Wilco record before, Schmilco dwells on the fact that life is funny but also heavy as hell.

The Guardian

On Wilco’s 10th album, the group’s enthusiasm is packed away in the boot along with the musty blankets and empty water bottles.


Schmilco is an acoustic record but not a slow one—thank God—which proves the right vehicle for the band’s loosest, most unadorned set of songs since its debut.

Rolling Stone

Along with its return to bedrock sounds, the album seems especially shaped by the Midwestern-ness that's always defined the Chicago-based crew.


Schmilco feels simple and declarative on first glance, but the deeper one is willing to dig, the more there is to find, both in terms of the band's interplay and Tweedy's songs.


Even if Schmilco isn’t Wilco’s most exciting album, it’s among their most consistent and immediately gratifying. 


While it was recorded during the same sessions as its predecessor, it mostly bypasses the unconventional, experimental, unstructured feel of that album. The songs, for the most part, possess more straightforward sonic architecture, and it’s also a much more restrained record.

Under The Radar

Ten albums and more than 20 years into their career, Wilco are still making great music.


With ‘Schmilco’, Wilco are getting funnier, more surprising and more interesting, two decades after forming. It’s a delight.

The Needle Drop
Wilco returns with another unassuming record.
Drowned in Sound

Whether this is through democracy or Tweedy’s innate ear for what will work well is irrelevant. Either way, it’s exactly what’s glaringly missing here.

Tiny Mix Tapes

Tweedy seems content to just coast along, despite aligning himself with what is easily Wilco’s most talented configuration.

Sep 11, 2016
Wilco unleashes their inner Harry Nilsson. The record is simple, humorous, and gold for any fan of the Tweedy songwriting.
Sep 4, 2016
On their new album, Jeff Tweedy and co. look back to their bluesy folk/americana roots, delivering one of the most cold and melancholic records Wilco has released in a while. Despite the playful art of the cover, Schmilco carries a heavy sense of loneliness and an unusual feeling of emptiness that is brought directly by the stripped-down acoustic sound of most of the compositions in the album. While Star Wars felt like an uncompromising collection of sketches, this one sounds much more complete ... read more
Feb 8, 2017
As a fan of Wilco I've been inclined to be immediately drawn to any hint of a new release by the band. Still, when "Schmilco" was released I wasn't in a hurry to scoop it up. Why, you inquire? Well, young squires and squiresses... My taste in all things Tweedy had begun to fade. His semi-solo release titled,"Sukierae" while good was easily forgotten by me. In fact, a couple of years back, I had won tickets for their local Portland, OR show and while it was a pretty good ... read more
Dec 17, 2016
best track: if i ever was a child
Dec 12, 2016
Fav Tracks: If I Ever Was a Child, Locator
#17/Drift Records
Track List
  1. Normal American Kids
  2. If I Ever Was a Child
  3. Cry All Day
  4. Common Sense
  5. Nope
  6. Someone to Lose
  7. Happiness
  8. Quarters
  9. Locator
  10. Shrug and Destroy
  11. We Aren't the World (Safety Girl)
  12. Just Say Goodbye
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Added on: July 18, 2016