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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
came Wilco. Wilco began as a vehicle for Jeff Tweedy, who was basically the understudy to Jay Farrar in UT. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by S. Finefrock
I wish Wilco would go back to making music like this, this album is just wonderful. This is their first and best album as far as I'm concerned. Read morePublished on March 19 2004 by faster
Great sound and promise for what came later...still prefer Son Volt's Trace of the two albums by the former Uncle Tupelo bandmates.Published on July 5 2003 by John Helmus
Wilco's debut album is a relaxing, tuneful collection of Petty-infused country rock. Songs like "Box Full of Letters" and "Should've Been in Love" have an ease and flow that... Read morePublished on June 24 2003 by drew m
There are about 3 tracks I like on this CD; 'Casino Queen' (sounds like a very raw RnB 'Stones song w/ humorous lyrics) , 'Passenger Side' (uniquely Wilco)& the very last track... Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by Dirk
Don't forget the second reason why this album is great. The lead guitar of Brian Henneman. On loan for this recording from The Bottle Rockets. Read morePublished on April 4 2003 by M. Griffin
This album bore the brunt of audience expectations after the demise of Uncle Tupelo. It's not surprising it was initially viewed as a disappointment coming on the heels of that... Read morePublished on April 2 2003 by Roy Pearl
...and an indication of where they would go. Jeff Tweedy in these days was compared to the Paul McCartney of Uncle Tupelo, and in many ways, these songs reflect Paul's sincerity... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2003 by Ryan trask
In 1995; music was needing a savior band. After the death of grunge; us; the music fans were needing a true band to carry the songwriting torch. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2002 by Buford M. Bell