13 July 2009
jamming: Wilco [the album] [the blog post]
Wilco (the song)
Bull Black Nova
You And I
You Never Know
Despite the fact that this album ties the band's arm behind its collective back and let's my wife land solid punches of semi-valid criticism of rampant pretension and overt self-importance, I must say I rather enjoy and heartily recommend this eponymous record.
They built such a wall of negative rapport with Rach based largely on their 3 hour set and un-abashed/-apologetic/-ironic double encore. They can't help it, they have an extensive catalog, all of which I gladly celebrate.
It is with celebration then that I listen to this album and hear small snippets from every stage of their career. Wilco [the song] gives a nice recollection of Being There/Summerteeth-era alt-countriness. One Wing displays the guitar savy of A Ghost is Born. Sky Blue Sky evidences itself in the Feist sing-along You & I. Country Disappeared even voices the b-side live version of I Shall Be Released, performed this past election cycle with Fleet Foxes. And perhaps the strongest track on the entire disc is I'll Fight. Here Mr. Tweedy uses his a bouncy melody to cover some serious subject matter. Enjoy this disc as a sort of 'Best of... the First Time Around': new songs, with bits and pieces of every facet of what you already love (or maybe resent).