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  • Audio CD (June 30 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0029358GM
  • In-Print Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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1. Wilco (the song)
2. Deeper Down
3. One Wing
4. Bull Black Nova
5. You And I
6. You Never Know
7. Country Disappeared
8. Solitaire
9. I'll Fight
10. Sonny Feeling
11. Everlasting Everything

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2009 album from the American Roots rockers led by singer/songwriter Jeff Tweedy. Though many fans suspected that Wilco's self-titled seventh studio album would mark a return to the wild cut-and-paste experimentalism of Yankee Foxtrot Hotel, the record is in fact more of a piece with its traditional-sounding 2007 predecessor, Sky Blue Sky. Heavily influenced by `60s and `70s pop music, songs like 'Sunny Feeling' and 'You Never Know' sound as if the band might finally be attempting to score the elusive hit single. The album is all strummy guitars, tinkling keyboards, big choruses, George Harrison-style slide guitar, and stacked harmony vocals, conjuring aural images of bands such as Love, Wings, and Badfinger. Throughout, the songwriting is tight and focused, making Wilco (The Album) one of the most instantly accessible albums in the Chicago-based group's catalog.

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There's always a certain brand of fear that exists for me when I hear of a new Wilco release; that fear is, 'what are they going to do this time around?' Is it going to be rollicking Sgt. Pepper-style experimentation a la 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'? Or are they going to stick with the mature, heartfelt peacefulness of 'Sky Blue Sky'? Or maybe they'll do something COMPLETELY off the wall ' something we would never expect. The great thing about Wilco though, is that I know that no matter what they do, they'll always hit it out of the park. Always.

While Tweedy jokingly played 'Wilco (the Song)' on the Colbert Report, the song is a great, earnest way to start off what is an album full of gems. While kind of a funny snarky novelty song, it makes a statement about not only the band and THEIR music, but about music itself; that music is the one thing that will love you unconditionally, no matter how you feel or what happens in your life. It's so true and anyone who feels this way about music can definitely relate to the sentiment. Despite its semi-sentimental message however, its humorous, unabashed self-awareness makes it the most punk song that Wilco has ever released. Additionally, it tells us what we can expect from the rest of the album; that it is going to be great, soulful, and it will somehow personify the band. It does all of these things and more.

While not a masterpiece in the same way that 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' or in my opinion, 'Sky Blue Sky' are, it certainly wins, and propels itself into the realm of classic mainstay albums. It functions as a 'best of Wilco' in a sense, because it demonstrates all of their best tricks from the past decade and a half; it's country, it's pop, it's rock, it's experimental, it's folksy and bluesy and quirky.
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Quelle bonne idée, que de donner le CD avec le vinyle. And for all their records! Don't hesitate, if you enjoyed A Ghost Is Born, or the last one : Sky Blue Sky. You'll love this one. Wilco is a GREAT BAND!
and go see the DVD Ashes of American Flags, you'll learn more about the band, and it's many shows all over the states!
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37e9c30) out of 5 stars Jeff Tweedy (and Wilco) sounding relaxed, and confident June 30 2009
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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. There is no grand experimenting here that marked the YHF or "A Ghost is Born" albums. Perhaps for the first time ever, Jeff Tweedy sounds like he is at peace with himself, sounding relaxed and confident, and bringing nice, but not ground-breaking, songs. That aside, Wilco has ascended as one of the top live acts around, period. I've seen the band many times in the last 10 years, most recently a few weeks ago at the Bonnaroo music festival, where they brought a fabulous 2 hr set, featuring a number of the songs of the new album, which mashed nicely with older tunes. In all, "Wilco (the album)" brings forth a nice, mature album from a band that knows where it's at, with confidence. I've been on a long ride with this band, and I really like what I'm hearing. Last but not least: props for the cover art of the album, I just love it.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37e9c84) out of 5 stars Wilco delivers the goods July 13 2009
By Scott B. Saul - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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?
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37fa0d8) out of 5 stars Wilco - Wilco (The Album) 7/10 June 30 2009
By Rudolph Klapper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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. The lovely "You and I," meanwhile, is a simple acoustic duet with Feist that initially seems like it's going to choke on cloying amounts of sweetness, but the sincere lyrics ("I think we can take it / all the good with the bad / make something that no one else has") and the unexpectedly natural pairing that Feist and Tweedy make turns it into the album's heartwarming center.

If "You and I" is the heart, then the stunningly crafted "Bull Black Nova" is the dark, twisted brain behind Wilco's talent. Part "Via Chicago" and part "Spiders (Kidsmoke)," the tale of spousal homicide is equally a haunting confessional and an instrumental showcase, particularly past the midpoint where Cline puts on a virtuoso solo that is undeniably Wilco. Tweedy's lyrics are as grainy and real as a black-and-white crime scene photograph, his protagonist worrying "it's my hair / there's blood in the sink / I can't calm down, I can't think" before the guitars coalesce into a distorted, needling whirl and Tweedy sums everything up with a wild shriek: "I freak out / oh black out."

A few songs, however, betray Wilco's lazier tendencies, particularly first single "You Never Know." The tinkling pianos and arena rock riffs showcase the worst from Sky Blue Sky's MOR-ready malaise, and the chorus lacks the kind of rushing energy of "Wilco (The Song)." "I'll Fight" largely falls into the same lite-rock morass, although this time it's Tweedy's uninspired lyrics ("I'll go, I'll go, I'll go, I'll go, I'll go for you / I will" goes the chorus) that doom the song. And it's a shame that the album has to end on the cheesy whimper that is "Everlasting Everything," where Tweedy spouts such wise sentiments as "everything alive must die / every building built to the sky will fall" and the most exciting part is the trippy guitar confetti Cline throws on the end of the track.

But for most of Wilco, the band is more than up to the task of again opening up a new chapter in their history, one that calls up shadows of their past in songs like the mournful, double-tracked "Solitaire" and simultaneously proves that the band are striking out for new territory, like in the uncharacteristically optimistic titular song or the charming "You and I." By balancing the best of their pop sensibilities with their irresistible creative energies, Wilco have made their most confident record, one nearly brimming, even for all its flaws, with possibilities for the future.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37fa4a4) out of 5 stars For the vinyl... July 9 2009
By Starhead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
Wow, what a great package. Nice, thick sleeve with lyrics inside. "Collector" high quality LP sleeve plus a printed paper sleeve both included as is the CD in a cardboard sleeve.
It's been a long time since I picked up a new release on vinyl and it was so great to sit and read the lyrics and liner notes and check out the artwork. If you are a collector or a vinyl junkie you will love this. As a reminder of how getting a new album on vinyl used to mean a lot more than it is ever possible for a download to mean this is spectacular. I'm digging it.
One note though... this is a single LP. Amazon shows it as a 2 LP plus CD set. I'm going to write to them next, maybe it will have been corrected by the time you read this.
As far as the music goes I'm sure there are already a million reviews for this in the CD section...
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa37fa450) out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars! Return to Roots July 2 2009
By Keegan R. Lerch - Published on Amazon.com
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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!