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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [ENHANCED] [Enhanced]

Wilco Audio CD
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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 An excellent Jim O'Rourke album May 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
Not to diminish Wilco's accomplishment with this cd, it must also be said that this is an exemplary outing for Jim O'Rourke (better, in fact, than his own recent release, "Insignificance.") He's credited here only for 'recording,' though I can't imagine he was anything less than the disc's producer, judging by the sound of YHF. True, "Summerteeth" did pop and buzz in places, but that creative use of noise really comes to the forefront on this 'recording.' And the music is much improved, for its presence. I was a fan of Wilco's two previous cds, and you can see the progression toward YHF, making O'Rourke a natural choice to accentuate the band's incipient leanings toward noise. The mark of a truly skilled producer, he can bring this out organically from the music, rather than reformulating it as something it is not. He has done the same for Stereolab, and if you're a Wilco fan who appreciates this disc, I recommend you give Stereolab's more recent outings a try, as well as O'Rourke's solo albums, "Halfway to a Threeway" and "Bad Timing."
An excellent marriage of band and producer, YHF proves that hope remains for music on this continent.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wilco emperor clothes June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. The only song that's remotely interesting is the first one "I'm trying to break your heart". The rest of it is very light and muddled. I could just imagine how unbeleivably dull Wilco would be live.
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1.0 out of 5 stars All atmosphere, no substance April 18 2003
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Format:Audio CD
After reading several 5-star reviews of this CD, I was compelled to go out and buy it. Unfortunately, I don't get it. What I'm hearing after several listens is an overt attempt at being "artsy". Jeff Tweedy's songs are buried in meaningless moments of white noise and attempts at "atmosphere" which seem to have no rhyme or reason. It seems that if the band had taken as much time thinking about arrangements as they did with sonic experiments, there might have been something to sink your teeth into. As it is, I feel that this CD would be a waste of money for someone interested in a memorable melody or anything resembling competent musicianship. There's none here. They didn't even bother to play in time with one another on some tracks, although I suspect that's just another attempt at being clever. As for Tweedy's vocals or lyrics, not much substance to latch onto. Even if you've liked Wilco's other productions, skip this or use it for a coaster. That's about all it deserves.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype.. Feb. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
I can understand why some albums can be highly regarded by the critics. For example, I understand the rave reviews Beck 'Sea Change' has garnished this year..the album may not be for everybody but you have to agree it deserves the credit that's been heaped on it. I can understand the critics going crazy over Radioheads 'O.K. Computer' and 'The Bends'. I can even understand the critics praise for the new Bruce Springsteen album (although for my taste he should have limited it to two or three songs at the most about 9/11). I've always thought of myself as someone who listens to music with open ears and an open mind, and it's definitely not for a lack of trying to like it. I listened to it many times over and really feel it's a case of the blind leading the blind into believing they should really like this.
This is considered a medicore album even by fans of Wilco. Which Journalist was responsible for overhyping this and who were the guily parties who followed his or her lead? This album has three memorable moments..'Jesus, etc.', 'Kamera', and 'Reservations'. Otherwise, it's VERY forgettable. This is not a CD that even these critics who are praising it will remember in a couple years, let alone play it. Don't believe the hype.
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1.0 out of 5 stars save your money Jan. 22 2003
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Format:Audio CD
After falling prey to all the hype regarding this album, I forked over the money and was highly dissapointed. It has none of the great melodies, riff's, or eloquence of previous recordings, most notably, "AM" and "While You Were Here".
I can now understand why several band members quit, and why the record company dropped the band. Before you buy the album I highly recommend that you get a sample or download some songs first and give it a good listen.
I have noticed that the album is on the bestseller list of 2002 for Amazon.com. The only reason I can think of is that Amazon.com preoreded a million copies and is now looking for a way to unload them.
Jeff Tweedy is a remarkable musician. His previous work with Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and Golden Smog is nothing short of outstanding. It is hard to argue with his success and influence. However, after listening to this album several times I am convinced it will never grow on me. It is simply not very good. Save your money, or better yet, buy one of the Golden Smog albums, you'll be happy you did.
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1.0 out of 5 stars zzzzzz...someone wake me when it's over..... July 5 2002
Format:Audio CD
ZZZZZZZ.....oh, I'm sorry, I was dozing off while listening to the latest overrated cd by Wilco. Someone want to tell me what all the fuss is about, cuz Da Peace Dogg just don't git it.
The music on "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" is as perplexing as its dumb title. Sloppy musical arrangements were mostly lame when Pavement (another highly overrated band) half-heartedly tried them, and Wilco are no better when they attempt such junk.
This music just sounds burned out - no spirit, no sense of fun, no real message in the lyrics. If this band is supposed to be The Beatles of the new millennium, then I guess we're all in for a pretty weak thousand years of rock music. The dude who left this band was right on target, and it's no wonder that Wilco's former label dropped them like the latest singer in Van Halen.
If you want troo music, git The Strokes; their debut album can't be touched. I would also recommend Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Hives, Pete Yorn, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, STP, and White Stripes.
As for this disc, I'd leave it on the store shelf, or in the trash bin if you were unlucky enough to purchase it.
SEE YA!!!!
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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
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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... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm the Man Who Loves YHF
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. Read more
Published on July 7 2004
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 Brilliant songs and production
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... Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by Dan
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
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