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Being There

Wilco Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Misunderstood
2. Far, Far Away
3. Monday
4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
5. Forget The Flowers
6. Red-Eyed And Blue
7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
8. What's The World Got In Store
9. Hotel Arizona
10. Say You Miss Me
Disc: 2
1. Sunken Treasure
2. Someday Soon
3. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
4. Someone Else's Song
5. Kingpin
6. (Was I) In Your Dreams
7. Why Would You Wanna Live
8. The Lonely 1
9. Dreamer In My Dreams

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Wilco's follow-up to A.M. impresses first with its size: 19 tunes fill the double-album package, and the packaging unfolds like a larger-than-life 1970s-era gatefold album cover. But the love affair with the artwork is short-lived, fading as the music takes center stage, making plain the band's overwhelming stretch into innumerable styles. Jeff Tweedy's love of pop and the mechanics of making pop albums is clear almost immediately, as he and his cohort utilize the studio to create and manipulate undertows and snaky recorded elements throughout many of their tunes (a keyboard touch, a guitar's flair, a cymbal's unexpected crash). There are the plainspoken acoustic numbers, recalling Tweedy's tenure in Uncle Tupelo, and there are also unwinding swoops of tinted, guitar-heavy rock--one of which collapses into chromatic jabs at a piano only to resolve in silence on "Sunken Treasure." Oodles of influences fill Wilco's collective mind, and they're perfectly content to pile the trace elements atop each other and make scrambled pop perfection. --Andrew Bartlett

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4.0 out of 5 stars The lows are low, but the highs are staggering Feb. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was a fairly staggering conception, warts and all, and it wouldn't be until the next release that Wilco truly become masters of the artform, but it's quite a worthy, powerful ride for what it is. The record, for the first place, should have been on one CD and trimmed a bit. There are some half-songs ("Red Eyed and Blue," "I've Got You," which while peppy has some pretty dumb lyrics, and "Kingpin") and it gets a bit mired in its own moroseness towards the end (though "(Was I) In Your Dreams," Why Would You Want to Live," and "The Lonely 1" are all lovely songs in their own respects, it's a bit punishing to have them back to back to back), but there are such dizzying moments of transcendence on this record that you can mostly forgive it for its faults.
The two focal points of the record, "Misunderstood" and "Sunken Treasure," are powerful, emotionally geared epics that set the course for the whole record- themes of loss, betrayal, and distance. The whole record throbs with an organic closeness- the songs feel like they're no more than a few inches from reach. "Far Far Away" sounds like the band's encircling you in the studio, Jeff Tweedy in front of you strumming an aching melody. "Dreamer In My Dreams" is like a racous live take (hoe-down, even?), with some frenetic violin playing and an improvised feel with Tweedy's hoarse vocal.
One could say the record throbs with pain, as well- the sonic equivalent of pain and trying to be ambivalent about it. It's the band's most intimate recorded performance, and though they will aim for and achieve higher, this will hold a special place in any fan's heart too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can't separate the prime from the padding April 8 2004
By K
Format:Audio CD
Like most double albums, this epic of ambient roots-rock has difficulty justifying its own self conscious hyperperbole (beyond, of coarse, the common excuse of "We wrote alotta stuff"). Detail production aside, Wilco connect here only when they pick up their electric instruments and go for broke; "Outta Sight (Outta Mind)", "Monday", and "At the End of the Century" set ambitions aside by basking in their own revelry. Being There is, otherwise, too padded to function as a wholely satisfying listen. Opener "Misunderstood" does happen upon a nicely lilting melody, but the remaining down-tempo material ("Hotel in Arizona", "Sunken Treasure", etc.) sacrifices hooks for light experimentation or genre integrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The last great country album. Feb. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
The addition of studio and musical talent Jay Bennett makes the hidden force of Wilco become apparent. This is very much a collaborative effort between lead Jeff Tweedy and Bennett, and it's got some of Wilco's best lyrics. The melodies are excellent, and you'll be listening to the music, which compliment the lyrics nicely. Some of these guitar solos, for instance, have made a few of my more musically proficient friends turn heads.
Standout tracks and hooks would be "Misunderstood" (an excellent opener and lyrical rockout, but better live), "Monday" (I dare you not to tap your foot to this one), "I Got You [At The End Of The Century]" (EXCELLENT hook and intro), "Hotel Arizona" (Get a load of that solo), "Sunken Treasure" (the hands down best country or alt.country epic EVER -- "I was maimed by rock and roll"), "Why Would You Wanna Live" (good time melody, cynical lyrics, hopeful turnout - everything I want).
And how could I forget the five minutes and seventeen seconds that *is* "Kingpin". You need to hear this song. Your mother needs to hear it. Your estranged relatives need to hear it. Buy Being There for "Kingpin" alone, and the other tracks will also blow you away.
Get this album. Impress your friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 stars) Would be better as a single album Aug. 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
The two CDs of "Being There" contain many great songs, the best of which include "Far, Far Away," a sweet and wistful cowboy ballad, "Outtasite (Outta Mind)," "Forget the Flowers" and "Someone Else's Song." My only complaint with this album is that the band seems to have been preoccupied with the notion of releasing a double album. In my opinion, had they selected the best 12 or 13 songs from this 19-song collection and placed them on a single disc, the results would have been staggering and unquestionably one of the best albums of the 90's. Instead, their artistic overreaching turned what would have been an incredible album into merely a very good one. Still, it's worth buying if you're at all into Wilco. This album contains some of their best work and even the lesser tracks are still worth hearing. In covering a myriad of different musical styles on "Being There," Wilco does pay homage to the Beatles' "White" album; yet, as with that album, the overall concept seems to take a slight precedence over the record's content, leaving you both impressed and a little disillusioned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own this album Nov. 12 2001
Format:Audio CD
Being There is the sort of album that if made 40 years ago it would be called one of the most important albums of the century. I'm not saying that's the sound of the album, but that's how incredible and genre-null it is. Being that it was put out just a few years ago, it's called simply a great album, which it is. But, it's so timeless, and so well crafted- really a work of art- that it deserves, I think, to be regarded as one of the best American albulms of the modern age.
I think of Being There sort of along the lines of U2's Joshua Tree, just so freaking good that even though you can hear the influences in it, you can read the tablature for it- you still can't imagine how it was made it just seems so super-human.
Wilco is one of the greatest American bands ever. Their talent, craftsmenship, and passion are to be admired, but the music they put out is the sort of stuff that will be relevent 100 years from now. It's not roots-rock, or alt-country, it's just a complete culmination and distillation of American music into something new, original, and groundbreaking, yet familiar at the same time. Wilco is American music personified.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant- an amazing effort
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Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Goods
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning
Being a longtime fan of Wilco, I love introducing people to the group. While I was first introduced to 'AM', I think they really moved to another level with 'Being There'. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2003 by Dano M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Disc
No one is playing and writing better music than Jeff Tweedy and Wilco these days. The guy has talent. Every song is diverse, yet still retains a style that is his own. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by Train
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Kids...
I wasn't a big fan of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" nor was I impressed with Wilco until I was dragged to their concert, which was astonishing. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Dark Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars ENDLESSLY PLEASING
I bought this one at a Wilco concert last year thinking I knew Wilco (I'd already owned SUMMERTEETH & had just purchased YHF a few days before the show) BEING THERE taught me... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2003 by Scott C Elliott
1.0 out of 5 stars Obnoxious Cowboy Syrup
Granted, this is not your everyday top-40 formula-driven pop drivel, but it's not very good alternative either. Read more
Published on March 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars still their best
This is one of the masterpieces of the last decade, a rowdy, wounded, beautiful beast of an album. Jeff Tweedy was writing rings around any of his contemporaries: "Far Far... Read more
Published on July 28 2002 by glubak
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimental Alt-Country
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Published on July 16 2002 by Steven R. Seim
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