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By day John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone sell thousands of albums and tour the world as members of indie juggernaut Wilco, while lending their writing, playing and producing abilities to dozens of high-profile recordings. But by night these renowned pros are able to sit down, relax and create something special that comes straight from the heart of why they pursued music as a career - and ... Read more in Amazon's The Autumn Defense Store

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  • Audio CD (October 21, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arena Rock
  • ASIN: B0000D8L3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While most of today's retro-inspired bands seem to go channel their garage rock instincts, the Autumn Defense take a different, understated approach. Led by Wilco bassist John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, the group creates a soft-hued album of reflective ballads, softly strummed acoustic guitars, and gorgeous harmonies. This is retro as heard through classic Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson, and Bread records, but it offers some surprisingly refreshing rewards. "Written in the Snow" is a slow-motion, ballad take on Wilco's Being There output; "Iowa City Adieu" sounds like a meeting of the minds between the Pernice Brothers and the Smiths; and "Circles," the album's closer, seems to bring all these disparate folk-pop elements together. All told, it's both bittersweet and beautiful. --Jason Verlinde

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "summerssongs" on November 27, 2003
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John Stirratt of the Autumn Defense is perhaps better known for his work in Wilco; that being work of the bass-playing and harmonizing variety. Well here Stirratt and Pat Sansone treat us to a brilliant album as the Autumn Defense. I have to admit I am a bit biased. I loved their first album 'The Green Hour', and it proved imovable from my stereo. I didn't think I could enjoy this album as much as that record ... but I have, even though they are quite different.
The entire album has a comforting, summery feel. 'Written in the snow', 'Why I'm like this', 'Some kind of fool' and 'Iowa city adieu' really stick out for me but all the tracks are lovely in their own way.
I guess a few people may pick up this album due to Stirratt's work with Wilco. The Autumn Defense do not particulary sound like Wilco, but please don't let that deter you. Like Wilco's records this album is full of brilliant, well crafted, meaningful songs - and what more could you want? So in short, the record is excellent. I cannot think of another band today producing a similar sound. The music really gets inside you. Buy it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrenko Peznovski on November 19, 2003
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With sweet melodies and a nostalgic feel, Autumn Defense's "Circles" achieves what many in the industry only dream of. This album has such a unique feel it's hard to categorize, but somehow captures a musical innocense that is at once evocative, timeless and romantic. The tunes get inside you and stick with you. "Silence," "Tuesday Morning," and "The World (Will Soon Turn Our Way)" are instant classics, while the rest slowly take hold as touching favorites. I highly recommend this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Howard on June 7, 2007
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As i stated in my headin, "sometimes you just stumble onto brilliance by chance. I was browsing thru my favourite shop in the world, (Real Groovy, Auckland New Zealand)when I noticed an album by Hem. I bought it quickly and it wasn't until later in the car, I noticed it was an EP with half the tracks by Autumn Defense (Who??)Anyway that album is brilliant and I purchased the next Autumn Defense album I came across as a result.

Now we all know that Jeff Tweedy dominates Wilco completely, but if he ever decides to listen to his bandmate, John Stirratt's album, Circles, maybe he will give John some air time too. Autumn Defense starring John Stirratt is a criminally underrated album bordering on an album gone incognito. The music is timeless in the Singer/Songwriter vein with elements of the 70's, but firmly fixed in the 00's with an almost psychedelic Englishness. Its gentle, beautiful, welcoming aura is unique. I swear, listen to this and you will smile beautifically for hours afterward. Its not quite a religious experience, (I've never had one)but it must be a bit like this, I guess similar to your first orgasm or listening to your first Bellwether album.

The obvious next step for all Wilco fans
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