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Old 09-10-2016, 12:56 PM   #181
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Toss up between YHF and Summerteeth for me.
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Old 09-10-2016, 01:51 PM   #182
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Ghost for me, with Being There very close behind.
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Ghost for me, with Being There very close behind.
Same actually. Being There is stunningly consistent for such a long album.
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Yeah, I don't even know if there's a single bum track on Being There.

Sunken Treasure and At Least That's What You Said are their peaks for me.
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Wilco's in a really weird position or has been for years in terms of reception from both the public and critics...like the more indie presses like Pitchfork just act kind of bored with them and their sound and underrate their work while the more mainstream outlets overrate it.

Like this is a way better record than the 7 it received from Pitchfork and a much weaker album than the really high score I saw it had received overall on Metacritic. And it's kind of been that way for awhile now. I don't outright love their post Yankee work, but I don't think any of it is boring or uninspired either.
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Old 09-11-2016, 09:38 PM   #186
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Same actually. Being There is stunningly consistent for such a long album.
That album has to be the ultimate record that people forget about in their library and just think it's too long...and yet, every time you listen, it's just a winner from beginning to end. It would get a lot more credit if they had just compiled a 45 minute album by throwing darts at a board of all the songs they had recorded.
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:48 PM   #187
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I'm up and down with Wilco, but I really liked this latest one. Definitely of a similar pace and temperament throughout, but just enough quirks to keep you guessing, and some subtle rhythms running through there as well.
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Old 09-29-2016, 03:49 PM   #188
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Finally got around to buying the new one and listening to it a few times in the car. It's better than Star Wars and I probably prefer it to a couple of other post-Jay Bennett albums. "Normal American Kids" is a great opener.
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:58 PM   #189
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Yeah, this new album has received more listens than Star Wars from me.


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Old 09-29-2016, 06:21 PM   #190
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Listened to it again today. By turns soothing and unsettling. I think they were probably drinking quite a bit when these songs were recorded.
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Old 10-27-2016, 03:08 PM   #192
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Have fun! One of my favorite live bands ever.
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It was great. I saw them a few years ago at a festival so it was nice to be able to see them in a club which fits approximately 2000 people this time around. At least everyone's quiet during the softer songs then.

They really are fantastic live. They played most of their "classics" (7 songs off YHF!) which I didn't mind. A Ghost is Born also got a good representation. The song I missed most was Art of Almost. The Whole Love was actually the only album they ignored completely. The highlight was Via Chicago, with an honorable mention for Pot Kettle Black because I've been growing fonder and fonder of that song recently.

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Normal American Kids
If I Ever Was a Child
Cry All Day
I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
Kamera
The Joke Explained
Misunderstood
Someone to Lose
Pot Kettle Black
Via Chicago
Bull Black Nova
Reservations
Impossible Germany
We Aren't the World (Safety Girl)
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Jesus, Etc.
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Theologians
I'm Always in Love

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I'm the Man Who Loves You
Hummingbird
The Late Greats

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I can't believe what I'm reading. Are you all fucking high? I mean there are albums that I've listened to and I've just been in the right mood for them, and so subsequently overrated the first couple of listens.

Schmilco is almost entirely boring and nearly completely staid. I could pick out two moments that actually struck me as being great: the final third of Quarters is really beautiful and there's an instrumental break in Shrug and Destroy that's pretty good. The rest of it is flat as fuck. Star Wars was fairly middling but I will take that eight days a week over this for You Satellite alone.

I'll make it clear that it's not bad, it's just so unmemorable. Half the songs I was bored with by the one-minute mark.

Wilco have always been a very hit-and-miss band for me, and I'll admit I'm a bit drunk, but I was bored from about the two-minute mark and never has 36 minutes felt so interminable. Safety Girl tries its hardest to give the record a bit of life but it's swimming upstream.
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Old 11-01-2016, 07:04 AM   #195
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I'd say Summerteeth is definitely my favourite Wilco album, with YHF and Being There close placings. Are there any other Wilco albums I should dive into? (The other two I've heard are the last two.) Part of the reasons I don't like this new one is that Jeff Tweedy, while he's never been a great singer, there's always been personality when he throws his full voice into it; his voice cracks all over those three albums and you can feel the emotion. And it helps that they've all got a skerrick of personality and vivacity musically.
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