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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [ENHANCED] [Enhanced]

Wilco Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (543 customer reviews)
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Named in honour of the three-word codes used by short-wave radio operators, Wilco's fourth album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tweedy's Uncompromising Sonic Beauty July 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since so many people have reviewed this album already, I have no illusions about saying something for the first time nor plan on repeating what has already expressed fully and well.
I do still -specially for those people reading this after listening to YFH's follow-up the also impressive "A Ghost Is Born- need to point to a couple of important things that this album show about Wilco's consistently surprising output.
This album clearly demonstrates that Jeff Tweedy's musical vision and commitment to shed songwriting skins is remarkable and an inspiration, specially in the current midst of so many Rock and Pop icons continuing to repeat themselves, who at best flavor their "butter" differently but go on churning the same formula, forgetting to take the kind of risks that made them important in the first place.
Now, unlike many people have mourned earlier, I don't think this album is an absolute departure from what Wilco has been hailed for before. Although this is not "Summerteeth" or "Being There," Tweedy's love for Pop has not been renounced, "Kamera," "Heavy Metal Drummer" and "Pot Kettle Black" proved that.
More than abandoning former song-glories, Tweedy has evolved, has taken all that he can do and pushed it further into a new atmosphere. Where Jay Bennet was so instrumental in what the albums that preceded this one sounded like, Jim O'Rourke is now Tweedy's full musical partner.
And O'Rourke is no Yoko breaking a great band -actually Yoko did not either!- but rather someone who helped Tweedy say well what he was already prepared to say. His production deepens and thrusts these songs to a higher level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm the Man Who Loves YHF July 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Like most listeners, it took me several listens before I could even really tolerate many of the songs on YHF. Now I consider it brilliant and truly beautiful. I assure anyone concerned that people only like this album because it's different that my love for the album is genuine. Two years later and the songs still seem to connect more with each listen. The lyrics are sometimes cryptic but make more sense over time and have a distinctive flavor. The song-writing is not really as groundbreaking as some might proclaim, but the production of the songs is brilliant. Although the songwriting certainly comes from a different angle, I can't avoid the comparison to Pink Floyd with the incorporation of extraneous soundeffects into the flow of the songs. Ashes of American Flags is particularly brilliant in this regard, with two stunning but simple guitar parts cutting through out of the swirling static. The result of the production is that even lines of music that essentially amount to pop gain an otherworldly glow; Pot Kettle Black is another great example of this, as is I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. I would also be doing an injustice if I didn't mention how much I love I'm The Man Who Loves You, with its swelling conclusion. This is a collection of songs that would be good without the magical glow of the brilliant production, but which gains a unique appeal in its combination of swirling dissonances and common sense melodies. Buy this album! There's a decent chance you won't like it, but it will become a cherished possession if you do; it occupies a completely unique space in music and will move you more with each listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant songs and production June 30 2004
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Wilco album I've ever heard, and I must say its amazing. Coming from a new listener's point of view, I think the songs are really amazing in that they are experimental but highly listenable. Little sound effects in songs like Radio Cure and (my favorite track) I am trying to break your heart make the album really interesting. The songs seem to be really well written also. I particularly like Jesus, etc... it almost reminds me of a Steely Dan song.
Most of the songs on the album are really mellow. It seems pretty laid back, although some songs transform from subtle acoustic tunes to pure white noise, which isnt a bad thing. If you're used to standard verse-chorus-verse song styles and nothing out of the ordinary, you might not enjoy this album. It's definitely something different, which is fine with anyone who has listened to experimental music before. As I said before, the great part about this album is that although it is experimental, the songs are still good quality and you can enjoy them over and over.
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By Moishe
Format:Audio CD
"Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" is Wilco's finest album; quite possibly the decade's greatest album as well. The only way to put it is that YHF is the perfect blend of pop and sonic experimentation. Although this album is by no stretch of the imagination driven by pop hooks, Tweedy's clever melodies ring through clearly and stay in your head for days.
This album is extremely emotional, despite the nearly nonsensical crypticism of the lyrics. Even though "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" seems to be Joyceian gibberish ("Disposable Dixie cup-drinker...I assassin down the avenue..."), some of the other songs are much more immediately affecting, like "Radio Cure" ("Cheer up...honey I hope you can...there is something wrong with me..." gently spoken over a single piano note and quietly pulsating bass and drums) and the nearly radio-friendly "Heavy Metal Drummer", which has Tweedy reminiscing about playing in bands as a kid.
The legal struggles of this album are well known. If you haven't seen it already, the film "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" is a great companion piece to the album, as it documents the band's internal and external struggles in recording and releasing the album.
Ignoring all of the critical hoopla, however, there are the songs, which are some of the finest Tweedy has ever written. "Poor Places" is the album's standout track, ending in complete static and feedback over which a European woman's voice is heard repeating "Yankee......hotel......foxtrot.....Yankee.....hotel....foxtrot..." until the song dissolves into the closing number.
I cannot express the thanks I gave to Jeff Tweedy for being the creator of the most poetic rock album I've ever heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yankee Hotel AWSOME !!
i bought this album after hearing practically no wilco previous to the purchase and for about 6 months is stayed that way . Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2007 by Jan Farquhar
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 STARS - Very Good, But Hardly a "Masterpiece"
This MUCH-hyped disc is in fact very good, and interesting sound-wise, but hardly the "classic" it is portrayed to be ... even here on Amazon.ca. Read more
Published on July 21 2007 by B. Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatness needs to be appreciated and encouraged
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have in our presence an album that breaks ground much the same way Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon" did. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Kristofer Basile
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not an alt-country fan
I'm not at all a fan of whatever genre Wilco were before this album. I've never heard any Uncle Tupelo, and I don't own any other Wilco alubms. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by dudesimon
5.0 out of 5 stars if i could rate it 1,000,000 stars i would
This album is possibly the best rock album since The Talking Heads masterpiece "remain in light". Jeff tweedy's song writing is not to be believed. Read more
Published on June 22 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, Ok
AM - Wilco tries to be the Stones. They're not the stones, they're not Gram Parsons, but so what I've heard all the stones songs and all the Gram Parsons songs a million times. Read more
Published on June 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most important records of this decade
Everyone knows the drama behind this record. Their label refused it because they did not hear a "hit single" on it. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by John J. Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars I WANT to like these guys
The music press has me convinced: I should like Wilco. Their roots go back further than any of their contemporaries, and they have a complex and deep history of their own. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wilco emperor clothes
Am i missing something here? All i'm hearing is a bunch of bland country pop songs with a peppering of ambient electronica over the top. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by "toots11"
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