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American Songwriter: Wilco (the album) "Another Great Record from a Band Who Seems Incapable of Making a Bad One"

  • Thursday, July 2, 2009
    American Songwriter: Wilco (the album) "Another Great Record from a Band Who Seems Incapable of Making a Bad One"

    Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy is front and center on the cover of American Songwriter's 25th Anniversary issue out for July and August. Writer Evan Schlansky says the story of the band since the release of its groundbreaking 2002 Nonesuch debut, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, "has been a fruitful one," citing the "epic guitar jams" of the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born, the group's "incendiary concerts" captured on Kicking Television, and its "new musical rapport ... the highlight of last year’s Sky Blue Sky."

    Schlansky describes the band's latest effort, Wilco (the album), as "another great record from a band who seems incapable of making a bad one." He talks with Tweedy about the making of the new record at Neil Finn's studio in New Zealand, working with Feist, and his process for writing the songs on the album.

    Read the interview at americansongwriter.com.

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    Wilco (the album) has been chosen as tomorrow's Album of the Day on BBC 6 Music in the UK. Tune in all day to hear songs from the record played on each of the station's shows. Fans around the world can listen online at bbc.co.uk/6music.

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    Aquarium Drunkard, the L.A. music blog with a name not far from a certain Wilco lyric, asserts that the new album "not only succeeds but stands near the top of Wilco’s extremely distinguished catalogue not because it Has Something To Say but because it’s not afraid of its own shadow." As reviewer M. Garner sees it, "It’s just six dudes making cool music, allowing themselves to smile and relax a bit, realizing that the obsession with the darkness isn’t some sort of special burden affixed by God to The Artist, but rather the consequence of The Artist’s obsession with himself."

    Garner recognizes in this latest collection of songs that "Tweedy is moving towards and becoming comfortable with the classical emotions of love, happiness, and comedy. And here’s the truly weird part: he seems to have found something in them."

    After stating his case, the reviewer concludes: "And if the sound of six of the world’s best musicians banging out spangled and bejeweled pop-rock doesn’t get you off, then you may want to reconsider your record collection."

    Read the review at aquariumdrunkard.com.

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on July 2, 2009 - 1:26pm
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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy is front and center on the cover of American Songwriter's 25th Anniversary issue out now. In an interview with Tweedy, the magazine says the story of the band since 2002's groundbreaking Yankee Hotel Foxtrot "has been a fruitful one," describing its latest, Wilco (the album), as "another great record from a band who seems incapable of making a bad one." BBC 6 Music has named it Album of the Day for Friday. Aquarium Drunkard asserts that it "not only succeeds but stands near the top of Wilco’s extremely distinguished catalogue ... And if the sound of six of the world’s best musicians banging out spangled and bejeweled pop-rock doesn’t get you off, then you may want to reconsider your record collection."

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Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy is front and center on the cover of American Songwriter's 25th Anniversary issue out for July and August. Writer Evan Schlansky says the story of the band since the release of its groundbreaking 2002 Nonesuch debut, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, "has been a fruitful one," citing the "epic guitar jams" of the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born, the group's "incendiary concerts" captured on Kicking Television, and its "new musical rapport ... the highlight of last year’s Sky Blue Sky."

Schlansky describes the band's latest effort, Wilco (the album), as "another great record from a band who seems incapable of making a bad one." He talks with Tweedy about the making of the new record at Neil Finn's studio in New Zealand, working with Feist, and his process for writing the songs on the album.

Read the interview at americansongwriter.com.

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Wilco (the album) has been chosen as tomorrow's Album of the Day on BBC 6 Music in the UK. Tune in all day to hear songs from the record played on each of the station's shows. Fans around the world can listen online at bbc.co.uk/6music.

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Aquarium Drunkard, the L.A. music blog with a name not far from a certain Wilco lyric, asserts that the new album "not only succeeds but stands near the top of Wilco’s extremely distinguished catalogue not because it Has Something To Say but because it’s not afraid of its own shadow." As reviewer M. Garner sees it, "It’s just six dudes making cool music, allowing themselves to smile and relax a bit, realizing that the obsession with the darkness isn’t some sort of special burden affixed by God to The Artist, but rather the consequence of The Artist’s obsession with himself."

Garner recognizes in this latest collection of songs that "Tweedy is moving towards and becoming comfortable with the classical emotions of love, happiness, and comedy. And here’s the truly weird part: he seems to have found something in them."

After stating his case, the reviewer concludes: "And if the sound of six of the world’s best musicians banging out spangled and bejeweled pop-rock doesn’t get you off, then you may want to reconsider your record collection."

Read the review at aquariumdrunkard.com.

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Wilco American Songwriter July 2009 cover

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