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Wilco (The Album)

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After seven studio albums, various collaborations and countless days on the road over the past 15 years, Wilco tried something new before starting work on its eighth record, The Whole Love, due Sept. 27 on dBpm Records: The Chicago band took a vacation. Staying off stage for most of the latter half of 2010 was the longest break from touring that bandleader Jeff Tweedy has had in a career ... Read more in Amazon's Wilco Store

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  • Audio CD (June 30, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B0029358GM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wilco's seventh disc, Wilco (the album), took shape quickly in January '09 after the band traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to participate in an Oxfam International benefit project. The band began cutting tracks for the new album, producing it themselves with the help of engineer Jim Scott. The sextet completed the disc at its Chicago studio and performed some of the new material in April at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; where the Times-Picayune praised the band's 'thrilling,
nuanced set.' Wilco (the album) combines the intimacy of its previous studio disc, Sky Blue Sky (2007), with the experimentation of A Ghost
Is Born (2004) in a set that boasts strong melodies and gorgeous, often unabashedly pop arrangements. Wilco has clearly laid out the welcome mat to admirers of all aspects of its career; in fact, the disc opens with 'Wilco (the song)' originally unveiled in the group's performance on The Colbert Report last October in which Tweedy & Co. offer their fans 'a sonic shoulder
to cry on,' promising,'Wilco will love you, baby.' Talking to a Rolling Stone reporter, drummer Glenn Kotche calls it 'a great, upbeat song professing our love for our fans.' That said, Tweedy's lyrics remain frank and fascinating; Rolling Stone calls them
'sly, insightful and often heartbreaking.' As with Sky Blue Sky, most of the tracks are concise in shape; 'Bull Black Nova,' however, features a dramatically building arrangement and thrilling guitar crescendo, more duel than jam. It's followed by the gentler 'You and I,' a duet between Tweedy and Canadian singer- songwriter Feist, and 'You Never Know,' a gloriously anthemic track that is the album's first single. The disc culminates with 'Everlasting Everything' a piano-driven ballad with delicate sonic nuances that lyrically celebrates love's endurance.

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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
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Since its debut album "A.M.", Wilco has gone through a lot of ups and downs commercially, even though the band has enjoyed ever-climbing critical success, perhaps none more so than with the long-delayed (because of label problems) 2002 "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" album, in my book stil the finest album of the band. Yet always throughout you got the sense that Jeff Tweedy, the band's singer-song writer, was trying to prove something. With the band's reputation clearly established, now comes the 7th studio album, 2 years after the slightly disappointing (if ambitious) "Sky Blue Sky" album.

"Wilco (the album)" (11 tracks; 43 min.) kicks off with perhaps the band's most irreverent/accessible and tongue-in-cheek song ever, "Wilco (the song)", with great lyrics like "Do you dabble in depression/Is someone twisting a knife in your back/Are you being attacked/Wilco will love you baby". This should find plenty of airplay on mainstream commercial radio if it was still any good, which of course it isn't. The best songs on the album are on the first half, such as beautiful pensive "One Wing", which is followed by the most adventurous track on here, "Bull Black Nova" which eventually gives way to a searing guitar solo from Nels Cline. It is followed by a gentle "You and I", featuring Feist on vocals. The first half of the album is capped by an exuberant "You Never Know". I rate the first half of the album 4.5 stars. The second half doesn't contain as many attention-grabbing songs, although there are still a couple of nuggets, such as the quiet "Solitaire", the feisty and instantly likeable love song "I'll Fight", and the beautiful closer "Everlasting Everything". I rate the second half of the album 3.5 stars.

At 43 min. this album clips by in no time.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wilco delivers the goods July 13, 2009
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Wilco is a tough band to deal with. They take chances. They cannot be pigeonholed. They do not cowtow towards fans, critics or anybody else. And, unfortunately, they can be a victim of their own success. This is a good cd, with some terrific songs. The musicianship is spellbinding and the song writing top rate.

I fell in love with this band on "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot". That cd is meant to be listened to, from start to finish...like "Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon". Their follow up, "A Ghost is Born", really in the same vein, was also a wonderfully adventerous work. The problem is that you cannot always create only masterpieces, it's an unrealistic expectation.

Wilco (the album) is good, classic Wilco. It's a more quiet work, with virtuostic yet very subdued playing. Yet, there is still real good stuff on it with not a lame track, and some great tunes like "Bull Black Nova" (classic avante garde/experimental Wilco), "You Never Know", "Everlasting, everything" and "Sonny Feeling".

"Sky Blue Sky" was thought to be a lesser work and now, in hindsight, "Impossible Germany", "Walken" and "What Light" rank way up there with their other great songs.

Jeff Tweedy is past 40 and guitar ace Nels Cline (who is awesome and brings a lot to the band) is past 50. You will have to expect maturity with their work.

With this being their seventh work and with every album having it's own distinct personality, what other band has had this type of consistency?
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wilco - Wilco (The Album) 7/10 June 30, 2009
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Wilco has always been a band more than willing to change things up to fit whatever wild musical direction they felt like pursuing. From the sunny pop harmonies of Summerteeth, to their oscillating experimentalist rock on A Ghost is Born, to the big middle finger to the music industry that was Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Jeff Tweedy and company have not been content to sit on their laurels. That's why it was a little disheartening to hear their 2007 work Sky Blue Sky, a record rightly criticized for its fairly tame material and, dare I say it, a boring Wilco record.

That isn't to say Wilco is at their best when they're experimenting or throwing all songwriting conventions to the wind; indeed, Summerteeth more than proved this band had the chops to make bright `70s pop their own, and opener "Wilco (The Song)" only supports them further. As Tweedy asks "are times getting tough / are the roads you travel rough" over a crunching backbeat and guitarist Nels Cline's distorted shrill, it's even more obvious than after Sky Blue Sky that Tweedy has left his millennial demons behind him. When the chorus of "Wilco, Wilco, Wilco will love you, baby" hits, it fires off the album in the best kind of pop direction, one bursting with vibrancy and the kind of energy the band seemed to lack on their last effort.

It's hard to pigeonhole Wilco in any other way other than their clear energy, as, much like the band's discography, things change quick here. "Deeper Down" is an intricately fingerpicked exercise in how to build atmosphere, while a song like "Sunny Feeling" builds itself around another sinuous riff by Cline (whose distinctive guitar work is truly the highlight of the musicians here) and a charged performance by Tweedy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars! Return to Roots July 2, 2009
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Wilco has been one of my favorite (the favorite) bands ever since I heard Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and this album continues the band's enduring legacy of great music. Wilco (the album) finds the band returning to their alt-country roots with more relaxed mood and less complex song-writing. This album reminds me of the vibe I got from Being There or Summerteeth.

Jeff Tweedy sounds like he is finally comfortable with himself and the band, which gives this album a really relaxed and laid-back feeling. Tweedy's song-writing has stayed strong and his vocals mesh well with the band. There are no big rockers on this album like Sky Blue Sky or Ghost is Born, but it's ok because all of the songs fit together so well, in the calmer atmosphere of this album as a whole.

The album opens with Wilco (the song), a shuffle that gives a good taste of the band. Leslie Feist is featured on "You and I," the vocalist from the group Feist. She sings a duet with Tweedy which makes for a beautiful song. This is followed by You Never Know, which sounds almost reminiscent of a song from George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass." The album is mostly a peaceful affair, such as "Solitaire," one of the calmest Wilco songs I've ever heard. The experimental and rock-out that were common on the last few albums can only be glimpsed at on the last few songs of the album, like on the catchy "I'll Fight."

This is a very tight album packed with feel-good, relaxing, country-tinged songs. The band sounds as good as ever; like they finally feel at home with themselves. The songs are all 3-4 minute range and the album is around 43 minutes total, so it's not overdone, and will give you many hours of listening pleasure!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
After all this time I still can't get into this rather band album
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could not find anything to keep me interested
To each his/her own, but the music was quite boring to me from this release. Nothing was horrible at all, but I could not get excited about anything here... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stevo3521
3.0 out of 5 stars wilco 2009
slow moving album. about five good songs on it not bad but not their best effort but bull black nova and youll never know do a good job of making this a purchase i am pleased... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard Gulotta
1.0 out of 5 stars Whiny and Dumb
Sorry Wilco, you got whiny and boring. I saw you at RedRocks and you rocked really hard. This studio version didn't impress me as much.
Published 12 months ago by tcrlady
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't care anymore
I bought this album because I heard "I don't care any more", and I thought it was a cover tune. I was wrong, it just sounds familiar. Original, but derivative. Good album.
Published 16 months ago by Herbert C. Meyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just another awesome Wilco album
If you like later Wilco, this is an awesome and refined production. If you missed this one (as I had), pick it up.
Published 17 months ago by David Froman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco = Great music
First off I'm a huge Wilco fan so I might be a bit biased but this album is really good. 4.5 Star album for sure. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Timothy Schooley
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Content to be average
I don't demand that Wilco be edgy. "A Ghost Is Born" was too experimental for me, and I was glad when they followed it with the more simple and tuneful "Sky Blue Sky. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Greg Cleary
4.0 out of 5 stars In the Vein of Sky Blue Sky
If you liked Sky Blue Sky you will probably enjoy this, and I did like Sky Blue Sky a lot! I'm a fan of Wilco's earlier work like Summer Teeth and Being There as well as Jeff... Read more
Published on December 9, 2010 by C. Watts
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I have no faith in Wilco anymore
Wilco is an experimental band. They're going to try a lot of different approaches to making music. There is great reward in following a band like that: they're going to do things that no other band is going to do. There is also risk, in that not every direction the band goes is going to be as... Read More
Jun 29, 2009 by timmytourettes |  See all 42 posts
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It is ok-so far I like Sky Blue Sky better (which use to be a dissapointment, but grew on me.) For me, Wilco always has more promise in my mind than what they actually deliver, but it is a worthwhile effort.
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