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Wilco's "Spectacular" New Album Releases Today (Washington Post); Band Takes Over Paste Site for the Day

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2009
    Wilco's "Spectacular" New Album Releases Today (Washington Post); Band Takes Over Paste Site for the Day

    Wilco (the album) has finally hit store shelves and online retailers today, and to mark the occasion, Paste magazine has devoted its entire web site to the new record, dubbing it Wilco (The Takeover), explaining: "It's no secret that Paste kind of has a thing for the band Wilco."

    On the Paste site today is a stream of the album, which reviewer Tim Regan-Porter says "is full of thoughtful, artfully crafted lyrics wrapped in memorable hooks that should stand the test of time." You can also weigh in on the best Wilco album to date in an online poll, read what the magazine has to say about the chain of gas stations that shares the band's name, examine other successful uses of parentheses in music history, revisit past shows, and, later in the day, check out interviews with band members Nels Cline and John Stirrat.

    To experience Wilco (The Takeover), visit pastemagazine.com.

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    Jeff Tweedy spoke with Time magazine's Romesh Ratnesar about the new record and, among many other things, the band's relationship with another of Chicago's favorite sons, President Obama. In the interview, in which Time calls Wilco "one of America's most innovative and acclaimed rock bands," Tweedy succinctly sums up the thing that distinguishes the new album from the band's previous releases this way: "I think it does a lot of things that we've done before—but better."

    Read the interview at time.com.

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    Bloomberg gives the album three-and-a-half out of four stars. Reviewer Douglas Lytle says that with the new album, the group has "settled into a home-spun groove that puts the melody (and often the mellow) into the foreground." He cites noteworthy contributions from members of the band in support of his claim: "The new album has much to recommend." Read the review at bloomberg.com.

    The Washington Post calls it "spectacular," with reviewer Allison Stewart describing it as "a skywritten love letter to the gentler, dreamier corners of the Wilco canon." Jonathan Zwickel, reviewing the album for the Seattle Times, calls the album "poignant and precise," with music that could only come through "the confidence of a band comfortable in its mission." The Philadelphia Daily News gives the album an A-. Reviewer Jonathan Takiff says, "Americana auteur Jeff Tweedy and bandmates work several kinds of wonderful on the self-titled Wilco (the album)."

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on June 30, 2009 - 12:02pm
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Wilco (the album) is out today, and to mark the occasion, Paste magazine has devoted its entire web site to the new record, dubbing it Wilco (The Takeover), explaining: "It's no secret that Paste kind of has a thing for the band Wilco." The magazine says the album "is full of thoughtful, artfully crafted lyrics wrapped in memorable hooks that should stand the test of time." In an interview with Jeff Tweedy, Time calls Wilco "one of America's most innovative and acclaimed rock bands." Bloomberg gives the record three-and-a-half stars, saying, "The new album has much to recommend." The Washington Post calls it "spectacular ... a skywritten love letter to the gentler, dreamier corners of the Wilco canon." The Philadelphia Daily News gives it an A-, praising its "several kinds of wonderful."

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Wilco (the album) has finally hit store shelves and online retailers today, and to mark the occasion, Paste magazine has devoted its entire web site to the new record, dubbing it Wilco (The Takeover), explaining: "It's no secret that Paste kind of has a thing for the band Wilco."

On the Paste site today is a stream of the album, which reviewer Tim Regan-Porter says "is full of thoughtful, artfully crafted lyrics wrapped in memorable hooks that should stand the test of time." You can also weigh in on the best Wilco album to date in an online poll, read what the magazine has to say about the chain of gas stations that shares the band's name, examine other successful uses of parentheses in music history, revisit past shows, and, later in the day, check out interviews with band members Nels Cline and John Stirrat.

To experience Wilco (The Takeover), visit pastemagazine.com.

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Jeff Tweedy spoke with Time magazine's Romesh Ratnesar about the new record and, among many other things, the band's relationship with another of Chicago's favorite sons, President Obama. In the interview, in which Time calls Wilco "one of America's most innovative and acclaimed rock bands," Tweedy succinctly sums up the thing that distinguishes the new album from the band's previous releases this way: "I think it does a lot of things that we've done before—but better."

Read the interview at time.com.

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Bloomberg gives the album three-and-a-half out of four stars. Reviewer Douglas Lytle says that with the new album, the group has "settled into a home-spun groove that puts the melody (and often the mellow) into the foreground." He cites noteworthy contributions from members of the band in support of his claim: "The new album has much to recommend." Read the review at bloomberg.com.

The Washington Post calls it "spectacular," with reviewer Allison Stewart describing it as "a skywritten love letter to the gentler, dreamier corners of the Wilco canon." Jonathan Zwickel, reviewing the album for the Seattle Times, calls the album "poignant and precise," with music that could only come through "the confidence of a band comfortable in its mission." The Philadelphia Daily News gives the album an A-. Reviewer Jonathan Takiff says, "Americana auteur Jeff Tweedy and bandmates work several kinds of wonderful on the self-titled Wilco (the album)."

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