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As in, everyone agrees that its great, yeah?
..and to others like it (there was a Wilco thread earlier in the week which spluttered to about three replies) suggests that if people do think it's great, they aren't prepared to talk about it.
Personally though, yes, I'm enjoying The Whole Love very much. It's a strange Wilco album, what with the way 'Art of Almost' suggests points out a direction which the remainder of the album stubbornly refuses to go in, but we've come to expect that from Wilco. Maybe I could have done with a few less Tweedy-on-automatic tunes like 'Open Your Mind', but I can't complain...
Come on man! (Though perhaps more-so here, acoustically: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxFwVK98WjY). I think it's their best album in years.
but it also sounds like the kind of song Tweedy has been writing for the last decade or so. Perhaps he needs a solo album to get rid of these delicate acoustic strummers, so the band can concentrate on the more heavily textured stuff..
that though. I've knee-jerked with to many albums in the past only to change my mind later on..
Bookends amazing, the stuff in-between them good but nothing particularly highlight-excellent. No idea if Capitol City is terrible or if the intriguing background activity all over the song makes it worthwhile. I loved Wilco (The Album), don't think this is as good as that but still good.
Wilco making a good Wilco album, basically.
the new stuff sounds GREAT live. Check it out here: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/21/140669742/live-sunday-wilco-in-concert
And have listened to it 3 times now. I think it's their best album since A Ghost Is Born. One Sunday Morning is one of the best songs i've heard in ages.
They really are turning into some sort of Neil Young / Radiohead hybrid.
sounded quite good on first listen but a fair few listens later and while there's nothing I actively dislike on there I still can't even remember an awful lot of it, still seems a bit autopiloty
for me it's a lot like the last couple of records - quite good, perfectly listenable but fairly inconsequential
in summary: nice enough, quite forgettable 6/10
but it says a lot about how I felt about the last two albums that I'd totally forgotten this was out. Seems to be getting encouraging reviews though so I'll definitely check it out.
But I do like the new record. The opening and closing tracks are the obvious standouts, but there are some real gems between them.
...but I've never made the effort to get through a whole Wilco album. I do like bits that I've heard though - where would the cognoscenti recommend as a starting point? Isn't 'Summerteeth' the one people bang on about?
my personal order of preference
Sky Blue Sky
A Ghost is Born
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco The Album
The Whole Love
Any of those work as a starter album I'd say. A Ghost Is Born was the first I heard and was enough to make me fall in love with them, still my favourite album by them as well.
A Ghost Is Born seems to feature a lot in this thread so I am syncing it on Spotify as I type.
did anyone else get this?
I know I've got it somewhere and I know it has a cd in it too, but I can't remember a thing about the content of either the book or cd
Wilco, in that the LP contains a few Wilco classics (Art..., ...Morning) a whole bunch of great tracks (I Might, Dawned... Black Moon, Born Alone, ...Whole Love) and a few we could all do without (...Mind, Capitol...). So, in short, like everybody else seems to be saying, TWL is simply another great Wilco album, which in a more worldly context means it's one of the best records you'll hear all year.
I think it's easily my favourite album the current line up have released. Personally the only part that seems to be on auto pilot is the ending of Art of Almost. It's just so pointless... and it's a shame because, 1, Wilco do that kinda things so well when it's appropriate, and 2, because it ruins a great, great song. I mean, I listen to it, but it just feels so flat. I'm amazed that every review goes on about how incredible it is. The first half of the song is majestic... yeah, we get it, Nels can play the guitar.
I remember when Sky Blue Sky came out and it was really mellow and everyone was like "WHERE ARE THE BRAIN MELTING NELS CLINE SOLOS?". hah.
Horrible southern alternative rock. Terrible.
The problem with the trolling of late is that its quantity over quality. Is there even a good troll on DiS right now?
Bloody incredible piece of music - one of the all-time great works of Americana
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot>Summerteeth>The Whole Love>A Ghost is Born>Being There>Sky Blue Sky>Wilco>A.M
A Ghost Is Born >>>>>> The Whole Love > YHF >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the other two
A Ghost Is Born > Summerteeth > Yankee Hotel Foxtrot > Wilco (The Album) > The Whole Love > Sky Blue Sky > Being There > A.M.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot > Summerteeth > A Ghost Is Born > AM > Whole Love > Being There > Wilco (The Album) > Sky Blue Sky.
The first three are pretty much a tie, then there's a gap to the next three which are also basically tied with each other. Then there's a bit of a gap to W(TA) and another bigger gap to SBS. The Mermaid Ave albums would fit in just above W(TA), probably.
The fact that I rate AM is probably why I'm the only person in this thread who doesn't dislike Capitol City....and for some reason One Sunday Morning hasn't (yet) grabbed me as much as it did you guys.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot = Summerteeth > A Ghost is Born > Sky Blue Sky > The Whole Love > Being There > Wilco (The Album)
But I like all of them.
Had it on constantly since it came out. But, this is the first time I've had a whole evening to get to grips with it. I love the opening of Art of Almost into I Might, that is a pure Wilco couplet.... Then I really think it looses it way slightly until the last two tracks, One Sunday Morning is mixed to perfection just a gorgeous sun baked little tune (should sound great live), again I think it moves into Sometimes it Happens beautifully.
My problem is that the lp seems to lack a clear character. It's not the 'experiential one', the 'guitar led one' etc.. it's just a very good Wilco lp. Like Banman said the little ep which comes with the CD does add character to it and is probably worth listening too.
Basically, love it, it's just missing that little something to push it in to their greats. 8/10
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot>Summerteeth>A Ghost is Born>Kicking Television>Wilco(The Album)>AM>The Whole Love>Being There>Sky Blue Sky
By the way, just looked on iTunes to see which lp sells the most on there (expecting it to be YHF) and it's Wilco (The Album)????? Do you reckon the casual punter thinks it's a greatest hits due to the title?
but i've heard very little of their early stuff, so I should get on that ASAP. I'm pretty sure I don't like Summerteeth nearly as much as most people here though, the production kinda puts me off
Art Of Almost, I Might, Black Moon, Born Alone & One Sunday Morning are up there with some of Tweedy's best.
But then there are a couple of songs that just seem to pass me by. And Capitol City might be the first really bad song he's ever written.
For me it's a frustrating 8/10, as losing a couple of the stragglers could've pushed this record into Being There/Summerteeth/YHF/Ghost territory.
I'm really excited about hearing this record live next weekend. This'll be the first time i've been to see a band play two nights running in a very long time. Should be an awesome weekend :-)
loving this album though after a work colleague pushed it on me
But, the CORRECT order is:
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot > Summerteeth >> A Ghost is Born >> Being There >>>> everything else
The fact that everyone has different favourites demonstrates what a great body of work they've produced. No ones mentioned the live album either.
I put it 4th. It's that good. Best live lp I've ever heard.