Kicking Television: Live In Chicago

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  • Summary: This two-disc set compiles 23 live performances culled from a four-night stand at the Vic Theatre in the band's native Chicago earlier in 2005.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
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  1. 100
    Not since Grateful Dead's Europe '72 has there been a live double album in which intimacy and expansiveness, guitar mess and piano reflection commingle this sweetly. [Dec 2005, p.107]
  2. There's no denying this is the sound of a band at its onstage peak. [18 Nov 2005, p.135]
  3. While it's no surprise that the YHF songs sound better live, it's surprising how much better Ghost songs like "Company In My Back" and "The Late Greats" sound with the addition of some synthesizer accents and thicker guitars.
  4. Live albums rarely come equipped with such a strong pulse. [Jan 2006, p.124]
  5. 80
    Sounds like a greatest hits set. [Dec 2005, p.156]
  6. If you love guitar histrionics, Live in Chicago is a white-hot keeper.
  7. 70
    A worthy snapshot of a band at its peak. [Dec 2005, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
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  1. ale
    Sep 20, 2006
    10
    A great live album by a great band. Nels Cline is a great addition, and this really shows the bands strengths, and highlights JT's A great live album by a great band. Nels Cline is a great addition, and this really shows the bands strengths, and highlights JT's excellent songwriting. Expand
  2. JEZZA
    Nov 23, 2005
    10
    I usually don't care much for live albums - who needs poor renditions / recordings of songs you already have? However, this is an I usually don't care much for live albums - who needs poor renditions / recordings of songs you already have? However, this is an exception. It's beautifully recorded, the band sound great and there is a buzz of excitement provided by the audience. The audience are not "terrible" (David S) they are just enjoying a great rock concert and they do not interfere with the recording - it's a LIVE album, what do you expect - silence at all times?? Expand
  3. ErinK
    Jan 15, 2006
    10
    Wow. I have every one of their albums and listen to them religiously, but whenever I see them live I remember just how much better they are Wow. I have every one of their albums and listen to them religiously, but whenever I see them live I remember just how much better they are than what we hear on those clean-cut studio albums. Finally, an album that captures the vivid life and passion of a Wilco concert. If you close your eyes you can actually see Tweedy's eyes squinting as he sings, and feel the intensity of his voice. Thank you Wilco! Expand
  4. Brett
    Nov 17, 2005
    9
    I wuv Jeff Tweedy this album is a great live album.
  5. BryanK
    Jan 10, 2006
    9
    I would give this 10 if Kingpin was on it. You wouldn't want this band as your opening act; they could blow Jimi Hendrix out of the water
  6. Dan
    Dec 9, 2005
    9
    While focusing heavily on Ghost upsetes some of the longtime fans, this album does not disappoint. The power of Misunderstood with the While focusing heavily on Ghost upsetes some of the longtime fans, this album does not disappoint. The power of Misunderstood with the chanting of at the end, and the screams and yelps on Kicking Televison are worth the price of the album alone. Expand
  7. JamesM
    Jan 26, 2006
    4
    this is about as fun as listening to phish, i.e., not very.

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