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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
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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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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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Ahh, "A.M.," the album that started it all, which began the post alt.country careers of Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett which have lead to a great deal of "critical acclaim," which has lead Tweedy to feel so uncomfortable with his success so that he doesn't even smile at concerts anymore.
But there was a time before the melancholy of "Summerteeth," and "A.M." is the proof. A little bit of history: Jeff Tweedy was in a band called Uncle Tupelo for the five years prior to Wilco's formation. Despite "critical acclaim" and a couple of seriously bitchin' albums, Tweedy found himself at odds with the group's other principle songwriter Jay Farrar, who went on to form Son Volt. Although the details are vague, it seems that Jay was starting to take over UT and denying Jeff much creative control, so they went there separate ways.
So, "A.M." is the sound of Jeff and Wilco breaking free. Where UT albums are dark and brooding, "A.M." is cheery and rockin'.
The songs won't stick in your head because they're remarkable, but because they're so enjoyable, and you'll listen to them again and again.
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By A Customer on Oct. 2 2001
Format: Audio CD
When I first bought this album I listened to "I Must Be High", "Box Full" and "Casino Queen" most of the time. After awhile I decided to sit down and listen to the whole thing again and see what I thougt. I couldn't believe what I had missed out on. While the first three songs are nice pop rock songs - the rest of the album really covers a wide variety of sounds. "Blue Eyed Soul" is one of Wilco's best songs. Also John's twangy vocals on "Its Just That Simple" really capture the country side of Wilco at the time. It would be nice to know how this record would've been different had Bennet been in the band at the time, but the way it is is good enough. I think that this album is often overlooked as Wilco's trying to be UT record, but it isn't hard to imagine any of these songs being on Wilco's later records. If you enjoy hearfelt songs that come from a variety of angles musically you should consider this album.
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