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  • Audio CD (March 28 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire-Wbr
  • ASIN: B000002MWY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. I Must Be High
2. Casino Queen
3. Box Full Of Letters
4. Shouldn't Be Ashamed
5. Pick Up The Change
6. I Thought I Held You
7. That's Not The Issue
8. It's Just That Simple
9. Should've Been In Love
10. Passenger Side
11. Dash 7
12. Blue Eyed Soul
13. Too Far Apart

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Comprising frontman Jeff Tweedy and other former members of alt.country legend Uncle Tupelo, Wilco was an apple that didn't fall far from the tree. A.M., the band's debut, continues that older group's brand of updated country-rock (emphasis on "rock") and emotionally powerful songwriting. However, many of the best creations here--the driver's-licenseless drunk in "Passenger Side," the bar-band celebration of riverboat gambling on "Casino Queen"--sport an unprecedented sense of humor and are unexpectedly catchy, too. Best of all might be "It's Just That Simple," in which Tweedy turns the mic over to the high and mournful singing of bassist John Stirratt. --David Cantwell

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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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came Wilco. Wilco began as a vehicle for Jeff Tweedy, who was basically the understudy to Jay Farrar in UT. AM pretty much continues in the vain of Tweedy's past work, mixing mid-tempo rock with a little twang and a blue collar sensibility.
Some would have you beleive that this is Wilco's finest work, although I beleive that this is just the starting blocks of one the most artisticaly successful bands of this century. AM is a collection of solid, well written songs that would stand proud in any artists catalog. PASSENGER SIDE(in my humble opionion, the one for the ages from this release), BOX FULL OF LETTERS, PICK UP THE CHANGE and CASINO QUEEN remain some of my favorites after numerous spins
Tweedy would find his true voice with the next release, BEING THERE, and then continue to push his boundries in new and exciting ways that may have offended some of those originally drawn to his music. For those who have been along for the ride, it's as exhilerating as it can get, for those who lost the faith along the way, they always have AM as a souvenier.
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There are about 3 tracks I like on this CD; 'Casino Queen' (sounds like a very raw RnB 'Stones song w/ humorous lyrics) , 'Passenger Side' (uniquely Wilco)& the very last track (reminded me of the admirable Bob Dylan). They are all good songs and there may be others that I have overlooked because, in truth, I got bored with the other songs and found myself flicking through them rapidly. I have the recent album 'YHF' and it is really quite good. I also have the Mermaid Avenue releases and I think Wilco really shine on those. Woody Guthrie's lyrics must have really inspired them. 'AM' sounds more like standard 90's 'Indie' pop by a band with genuine promise (which they have fulfilled to a large extent on YHF) but not deserving of the high praise it received in many reviews. On a personal note, I detest it when performers appear to write 'hip' sounding drug references into their songs and Jeff Tweedy does seem to have a penchant for that, whether intentional or not. Perhaps it's just the way I hear it.
Anyway, my recommendation, if you have limited cash to spend, listen to the Jayhawks first, and then decide. Compare the song 'Ain't no end' from their early release (which happened to have been compiled from a bunch of demo tapes).
It has that certain [I know not what] that Wilco, on 'AM' threaten to capture, but don't quite manage.
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all this hoopla about "yankee hotel foxtrot" is probably a good thing, but it's just as good to know where your stuff comes from, and it might raise a few earbrows (i make up words) to hear the wilco we had in '95. everybody just loves the twittering blippey-bleepy sound of the new record, but i think many reviewers are forgetting that it's all about the songs, man. at the risk of sounding like a washed-up record critic (not yet), when it comes down to it, you're going to remember a tune because it's good, not because some dude fiddled with some laptop keys until he got just the right "ding." (ok, exaggeration) wilco's first record, "a.m." proves that tweedy, bennett, and co. had it down pretty early. no, the lyrics are not nearly as dark as anything on "summer teeth" or as complex as anything in recent years, but the songs are just as well-written. "i must be high" steals the show from the beginning. it's an insightful precursor to "outtasite" from "being there" with its rocking swagger, yet remorseful love letter to an ex. "casino queen" and "box full of letters" hold up surprisingly well, in a similar uptempo vein, considering they follow the standout track. the mellower, acoustic side of wilco also shines here, though admittedly the novelty was beginning to wear thin after an all-too similar sound with uncle tupelo. it is a great surprise to have john stirratt sing "it's just that simple," which gives an already great song an invigorating sense of freshness. it just sounds more genuine because of that. nevertheless, "passenger side" is one of tweedy's best, as it has that tragi-comic edge that might be jeff's staple.Read more ›
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