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  • Summary: The Chicago alternative rock band releases its eighth studio album on its own label dBom.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    100
    Wilco's ace eighth album, the first released on their own label, dBpm, is a real kick in the pants.
  2. Sep 26, 2011
    90
    Quite simply, this is the work of a great band at the peak of their powers, and The Whole Love is a joy to hear, revealing more with each listen and confirming once again that Wilco is as good a band as American can claim in the 21st century.
  3. Sep 27, 2011
    85
    The Whole Love reveals itself as their finest album since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
  4. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    The Whole Love feels more of a piece with 1999's Summerteeth, the caustic pop opus on which Tweedy sped away from alt-country (or y'allternative, No Depression, whatever) in a car far sleeker (and blacker) than the one Hank Williams supposedly died in.
  5. Sep 23, 2011
    80
    While the album is packed with inventive moments, there's no more lacerating skronk, for a very good reason: the emotions the band is mirroring don't call for it. [Oct 2011, p.82]
  6. Sep 23, 2011
    75
    As a sheer sound experience, The Whole Love is rewarding, a tapestry of tiny details that invites close listening.
  7. Nov 11, 2011
    50
    The Whole Love works best as aural comfort food.[#81, p. 60]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
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  1. Sep 27, 2011
    10
    Another brilliant album full of diverse exploratory rhythms and beats from Tweedy and the boys. I think HS really shines on the bass on thisAnother brilliant album full of diverse exploratory rhythms and beats from Tweedy and the boys. I think HS really shines on the bass on this album and Nels on the art of almost is just mind numbingly sic. Expand
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    10
    Excrptional! I must confess that I thought the band's best days were behind them. While "Sky Blue Sky" and "Wilco (The Album)" wereExcrptional! I must confess that I thought the band's best days were behind them. While "Sky Blue Sky" and "Wilco (The Album)" were reasonably strong, I felt they were not up to the standards set by the previous albums that had me rating them the best and most important band in rock'n roll. Well now they are back and better then ever. The album opens with an instant classic in "Art of Almost" and just keeps going. Equally impressive are some of the rockers like "I Might", "Born Alone" and "Standing O". The album clses with another gem with the sprawling "One Sunday Morning" which punctuates Wilco's finest ever and the best album of 2011! Expand
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    My favorite album from them since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Wasn't so sure at first, but it grew on me tremoundously. Will definately be playingMy favorite album from them since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Wasn't so sure at first, but it grew on me tremoundously. Will definately be playing consecutively in my ears for the next few days. I must say that after their past couple releases that I'm very impressed! Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2011
    10
    hands down the best album of the year.. strikes from the first second and refuses to let go!
    the last song didn't really have to be 12
    hands down the best album of the year.. strikes from the first second and refuses to let go!
    the last song didn't really have to be 12 minutes, and while being great kind of sucks the life out of you with repetitiveness..
    but definitely a keeper
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  5. Sep 27, 2011
    10
    Honestly, I did not even know that Wilco was releasing a new album. I was on some website and read they were going to stream The Whole LoveHonestly, I did not even know that Wilco was releasing a new album. I was on some website and read they were going to stream The Whole Love for 24 hours. Wellll ... ok! Not being very impressed with the releases after A Ghost is Born - I figured I'd stop after the 1st track. Nope! The "Art of Almost" grabbed a hold of me and did not let go until the last moment of the 12 minute closer "One Sunday Morning." I love this album and it continues to grow on me. Plus, I love that fact that it was recorded in their loft and it's the first release on their own record label. If you are an apprehension Wilco fan and haven't listened to The Whole Love I think you should give this one a shot! Expand
  6. Oct 25, 2011
    9
    Get the Deluxe version, for sure, it has extra songs well worth the couple bucks extra. Overall, an excellent album with at least 5 songs thatGet the Deluxe version, for sure, it has extra songs well worth the couple bucks extra. Overall, an excellent album with at least 5 songs that are constantly on heavy rotation for me: Art of Almost, Born Alone, The Whole Love, One Sunday Morning, I might, Rising Red Lung ... and more. "I love my label" is tongue-in-cheek fun on the deluxe album. Expand
  7. Sep 29, 2011
    8
    I will say this album is a good blend of previous albums of theirs fans enjoyed like Being There and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I thought Sky BlueI will say this album is a good blend of previous albums of theirs fans enjoyed like Being There and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I thought Sky Blue Sky was consistent throughout with its sound but was not overwhelmed by it. I thought Wilco(The Album) was really bad and their worst ever. This album was a very important return for them in many ways. I really like Dawned on Me, Born Alone and Open Mind. I also feel One Sunday Morning is one of Tweedy's best lyrical moments over the years. Too bad a fool like dat shrimp does not follow this band. Expand

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