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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [Enhanced]

WilcoAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (622 customer reviews)

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00005YXZH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (622 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Kamera - Wilco
3. Radio Cure
4. War on War
5. Jesus, etc. - Wilco
6. Ashes of American Flags
7. Heavy Metal Drummer
8. I'm the Man Who Loves You
9. Pot Kettle Black
10. Poor Places
11. Reservations - Wilco

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Product Description

2002 album from the Americana/Alt-Rock band led by singer songwriter Jeff Tweedy.

Named in honor of the three-word codes used by short-wave radio operators, Wilco's fourth album sounds like a late-night broadcast of some weirdly wonderful pop station punctuated by static and the sonic bleed of competing signals. Songs that begin with simple, elegiac grace--"Ashes of American Flags" and "Poor Places"--end in a cathartic squall of distortion. The results can be initially jarring, but it's these tracks more than the sturdy jangle pop of "Kamera" or "Heavy Metal Drummer" that demand, and reward, repeated listens. Mixed by studio experimentalist Jim O'Rourke and produced by the band, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot harkens back to a time when the words "pop" and "sonic adventurism" weren't mutually exclusive. The Beatles and Kurt Cobain knew this, and clearly so do Jeff Tweedy and company. --Keith Moerer

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album in the truest sense of the word. April 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
In talking to fellow Wilco fans, I've noticed something that I don't often see in fans of other bands - an excitement about change. And let's face it - Wilco's sound has definitely benefitted from a lack of permanent grounding, and YHF takes the biggest steps from the often-repeated stories of Uncle Tupelo this and alt-country that and all the other hogwash.
So we can talk about labels and history and the like, but I'll leave that to the music critics. The history only matters if you're already a Wilco fan, and if you're like most Wilco fans, the change from the past isn't even that big a deal. The question is, what merit does this record have on its own?
YHF is an album for our times - the human spirit confronted with the modern world is one way you can look at both the songwriting themes and the sounds employed in this album. Put headphones on to hear the organic, typical instruments doing battle with the swirling noise and layered arrangements; this added "noise" is not an afterthought, but a carefully mastered part of the album's whole sound. The feeling you get listening to the way sound is arranged should be a clear indication that there is something deeper going on here, whether or not you're a fan of the noisiness that Jim O'Rourke brings to the table (and even though I usually don't care for this style, I am instinctively drawn to, and pleased by, its execution in YHF).
On top of this is Jeff Tweedy's touching songwriting. This is an album to read along to (or sing if you're luckier than I am), so keep the liner notes handy. Tweedy sings songs about the same love, unpredictable and wonderful and painful, in a strange world that is either always changing or always the same.
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60 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco's Continuing Migration April 24, 2002
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Four records in and we find wilco further yet from their freshman effort, A.M. First off, at this point in their career to call Wilco alt-country is akin to calling Donna Summers heavy metal. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot takes the listener on an existentialist trip, with the band creating a loose sonic meditiation on distance and love, using random radio signals as a metaphor. This isn't to say that it isn't fun as well - afterall, anyone who's ever seen Wilco live knows that they are spry and playful onstage - and they can rock out with the best of them. With songs like Kamera, War on War, Heavy Metal Drummer (a beautiful ode to youth, innocence and Ray Davies), I'm the man Who Loves You, and Pot Kettle Black, Tweedy and Co. provide enough radio-friendly pop to make you scratch your head at the Reprise execs who said this record was a "career-ender". The world would be a better place if War On War and I'm the Man Who Loves You were booming out of car stereos this summer. That said, this album is chock full of darkness and weirdness as well. Kicking off with "I am Trying to Break your Heart" lyricist Jeff Tweedy takes a haiku-like approach to describing drunken lovesickness. Yeah. And Radio Cure reminds me of noneother than Radiohead, its glum, moody, intriguing and ultimately cathartic. Jesus, Etc. has a great rolling feel accented by a slippery fiddle line and strings that hum out of nowhere and nearly assure that this will lodge in your ears and remain there for a very long time. Ashes of American Flags might make you shiver, its a cold poem on the state of affairs out here in the west. Reservations ends the album eloquenly, gorgeously, and ultimately grounds an album that is dissecting untruths, misundersatandings and miscommunication with one important truth. Read more ›
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111 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your older brother's Wilco... April 28, 2002
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Once every couple of years, an album comes along that almost-automatically merits consideration as a "Classic" in its genre... I offer you Radiohead's "OK Computer", Lauryn Hill's "Miseducation of...", and (on the ever-growing World stage) Natacha Atlas' Transglobal Underground-fueled "Ayeshteni" as evidence for this trend. 2002's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", by Wilco, is the latest album to merit inclusion in the "instant landmark" category. Jeff Tweedy's band has made a record so jaw-droppingly complete, eclectic and satisfying that it would make both Harry Smith and Brian Eno proud. Though often described as a "Hillbilly OK Computer", YHF goes farther, muuuuch farther beyond mere pigeonhole-ization. This is a record of a uniquely sobered sensibility... the studious innocence of Uncle Tupelo's early recordings and "Being There's" sense of wide-eyed optimism are both gone. In their stead, we find a narrator than can, alternately, drink you under the table ("I Am Trying to Break Your Heart"), celebrate Rock 'N Roll without sounding trite ("Heavy Metal Drummer"), and be patriotic without being obtuse or jingoistic ("Ashes of American Flags"). One has to feel somewhat sorry for Jay Farrar... on the same year he releases a sensational solo effort ("Sebastopol"), and in which Uncle Tupelo's greatest-hits compilation comes out, Tweedy outdoes him, again, though this time more severely than ever before.
As for several pundits' charge that this record tries hard to be pretentious and "artsy", I will, actually, heartily agree with whoever states that claim...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mr Barry Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic
Why did I not buy this record years ago? Simply fantastic
Published 3 months ago by Tim Dorsey
3.0 out of 5 stars Later Day Wilco
I understand this is a critic's band, with subtle reference points and diverse and creative instrumentation. I just struggle to connect with this as opposed to Being There. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I bought this used, and the CD came with the jewel case and a nice cardboard sleeve over the case. The sleeve was near perfect, the hinge on the jewel case is broken though (when... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Angelika R
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
One of the few albums I would state as perfect. I liked every song the first time I heard it, none of the, "it has to grow on me." Indie pop at its best!
Published 7 months ago by GamePlayer30
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic record
I love this album and wanted to own it on vinyl. It's a great quality pressing. I'm extremely satisfied with it.
Published 9 months ago by Allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco Rocks!
So I'm a little late to the Wilco bandwagon, but I can see now why he is so popular. This music is great. Read more
Published 10 months ago by LouGirl502
4.0 out of 5 stars really awesome album
I just recently got into Wilco and decided to buy Yankee Hotle Foxtrot after seeing them on the Hurricane Festival on Palladia. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Richard Gulotta
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Growing up with my father listening to Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, America, Paul Simon and the like on an old turntable weekend mornings when we would stir from our beds and slowly... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Shawn N.
4.0 out of 5 stars incredible album
Wilco is one of my favorite bands. This album is absolutely immaculate. My only complaint was that the case came in a little beat up
Published 16 months ago by Zach New
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