Anybody get the new Wilco album yet?
I realize it isn’t actually new, its been available from the bands website as a download for months, but the CD just came out tuesday. Even though I’ve had it on my comp for ages, I respect wilco enough for what they’re doing that I ploppedd the 13 bucks for it anyway.
First of all, the production and sound quality is SO amazing on the CD, and the lyrics and album art are beautiful. Second of all, if you don’t already know the backstory on the album, Warner/Sire records (wilco’s former label) heard it and passed on it as being "too wierd and uncommercial) so they released a rough cut on line while crusing for a new distributer. So, if you like wilco and haven’t heard the album, pick it up, and if you have the MP3 and you like wilco and want to support artists who aren’t afraid to actuallytake some risks, show em with your 13 bucks.
ON to my review: I just got out of a long and arduous relationship and at the same time got a steady job that has made me a city commuter here in chicago. For the first time in the 4 years I’ve been here, I get up every morning and jump the redline to get down town. This album is probably the most accute description of both a) the nobility and pain of being lonely, and b) the unwieldy, fragmented but patchwork beautiful city of chicago. It SOUNDS like chicago. Part midwestern twang, part industrial clank, part urban art experiment, part introspective balladeering. I don’t get stunned very often by music, but this album is pretty awesome. listen more than once before you decide.