Wilco A.M.
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Wilco A.M.

March 28, 1995

  Song Title
I Must Be High
Casino Queen
Box Full Of Letters
Shouldn't Be Ashamed
Pick Up The Change
I Thought I Held You
That's Not The Issue
It's Just That Simple
Should've Been In Love
Passenger Side
Dash 7
Blue Eyed Soul
Too Far Apart

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 28, 1995
  • Release Date: March 28, 1995
  • Label: Sire/Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1995 Sire Records Company
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  • Total Length: 44:36
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,089 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco's Best May 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love this record. I am a relatively new fan to Wilco (about a year and a half), but they have quickly become my favorite band. My first Wilco record was Summerteeth (which was the best record of 1999) and from there I've worked my way backward chronologically (in fact I now have every record by Wilco, and Uncle Tupelo). Jeff Tweedy's ear for a pop hook was at it's peak with this album. It's an album in the truest sense... no filler, no need to skip a single song, and every tune will have you singing along so that you'll wonder how you've lived without this music in your life until now. Wilco is a band that you don't merely like, but love. I hope you've got some extra cash laying around because once you buy this record you'll be hooked and have to have all of them. Fans of Bob Dylan (especially the basement tapes, Blonde on Blonde, etc), The Band, the Beatles, Neil Young, Mercury Rev, Elliot Smith, etc. will love this record.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Songwriting on a Strong Debut April 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Being a band like Wilco has got to be hard. Every album is a step forward, revealing something new about the musicians, both as musicians and as human beings, and displaying a new depth and lyricism that builds on their previous work and is absent from so much contemporary music on the radio and on TV. Unfortunately, it is for this reason that 'A.M.' is to many Wilco fans what 'Pablo Honey' is to many Radiohead fans: a debut album, worth owning but not their best (and so rarely listened to).

Despite 'A.M.' being a debut record, there is nothing really amateurish about it. The songs are solid, well-written pieces, performed with energy and well recorded. What changes with each album is the way Wilco approaches the songs: how can the music change? How can the music be recorded to add meaning to the lyrics? The straightforward nature of this album is not something to be ashamed of. It takes a little time for some newer Wilco fans to open up to the more obvious country stylings of 'A.M.' (myself included...it took me a good two years to finally appreciate Wilco's debut), but once one does, there is a great bunch of songs to be heard. "Should've Been In Love" and "Dash 7" are probably the emotional cornerstones and I consider them to be the strongest songs on the album. To be honest, the weakest song on the album isn't even a Jeff Tweedy song. "It's Just That Simple" is written and sung by John Stirratt. It isn't a bad song, it just has trouble standing next to the high caliber songwriting of Tweedy.

All in all, this is a very strong album. I urge newer Wilco fans that haven't heard it or haven't really listened to 'A.M.' to give it a chance; let it grow on you. It may not have the subjective flare of 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' or the subtle silences of 'A ghost is born', but it is a Wilco album, with the same great songwriting and the same great love of music that has been with the band from the start.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early REM fans take note! August 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I like records that let you know they mean business right away - and A.M. definitely does that. From the minute you put it on, it's like you've discovered a favorite record you've had buried for years in the back of your closet - all the tunes are catchy, all the words make a quirky kind of sense, and it's just plain great to listen to.
I love this record, not only because of the infectious quality of the music, but the lyrics are so great you'll be humming them to yourself later, eager to hear them again. Shouldn't Be Ashamed, Box Full of Letters, and I Must Be High are all really great, but my favorite is Passenger Side - a plaintive paean to losing your license and having to be carted around (I've got a court date coming this June/ I'll be driving soon/ Passenger side/ I don't like riding on the passenger side.") The songs are deceptive in their simplicity, played by a band that can really play their instruments well. Jeff Tweedy's voice may take some people a while to get used to, but he's got a great, vulnerable quality and he can really write a great song.
I gave it four stars because Summerteeth is supposed to be their best album, and the last song kind of lets the album taper off. But if you like REM (even as late as Out Of Time) you'll really like Wilco, and A.M. is a great record to get to know your new favorite band.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Yin" to SON VOLT'S "Yang" November 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
A lot of people love either SON VOLT or WILCO and hate the other. I can't understand it, personally. They are both necessities in your music collection. Buy "A.M." and set it next to "Trace," Son Volt's debut. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.
While "Trace" is more sober and serious, "A.M." prefers a bit more tounge-in-cheekiness. Tweedy taunts hard-luck gamblers in "Casino Queen" -- "I split my paycheck/ With my wife that I just met/ She's lookin' like a wreck," he shouts. And the lamentations of the drunk in "Passenger Side," is laugh-out-loud funny -- "You're gonna make me spill my beer/ If you don't learn how to steer."
But Tweedy knows how to be both silly and inspiring. Songs like "Box Full of Letters" and "Pick Up The Change" will linger in your mind long after they're over. They're both catchy and thought-provoking. The line that really sticks with me is "I just can't find the time to write my mind the way I want it to read." Get this album, and you'll find plenty of lyrics and hooks that speak to you, too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Waht they would become
Not what they would become. "Casino Queen" is raucous and joyful, but the rest of album sounds a little bored and lifeless, if competent. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album by Wilco
Wilco is one of the most influential bands of the last decade. Their work was truly groundbreaking and this album is no exception. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Derek Saul
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Wilco album
The best Wilco album IMO. This is a rock album, not some sort of glorified folk rock/country rock/whatever rock. Just excellent rock music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Americana
There are no filler tracks here. Great from beginning to end. Little did we know that 2013 would see Wilco still going strong. But this is where it all began
Published 10 months ago by Keith M. Parks
4.0 out of 5 stars Wilco Wilco Wilco
There first foray as a new group, I love the country tone of it all
Fave songs would have to be : Pick up the Change, That's Not the Issue, and Monday
Published 14 months ago by Eddie G
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Lo-Fi/Alt Country
Original Lo-Fi, Alt-Country.. Does not get much better than this. If you've not tried Wilco, and you like quality country.. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars I love old Wilco
I had seen Wilco on PBS's "Austin City Limits" show and thought they were interesting but not that musical and I didn't even consider purchasing any of there music. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Boller
5.0 out of 5 stars comforting tunes
I hadn't listened to this album, Wilco's debut, in several years until recently. Something possesed me to dig it out of the archives play it again, and I'm sure glad I did. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!

Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!

Excellent, thanks a lot! I really enjoy buy it!
Published on December 26, 2011 by Marcelo Fraglioni
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it for over 15 years!
My first Wilco album and still one of my favorites. Wish they played more of these songs live. They are a great act to catch. The whole band and Jeff Tweedy solo are wonderful. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by Vol Mom
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