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  • Summary: The seventh album for the rock group was produced with Jim Scott.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. "Come on children, you're acting like children/Every generation thinks it's the end of the world," begins the candidly catchy centerpiece of these lost-and-found tradsters' best album.
  2. The band have covered all bases this time; pushing themselves to experiment while still celebrating what makes their music so catchy and compelling.
  3. Like with many good rock records, bits of whimsy, melancholy, confusion, and joy swirl around the songs of Wilco (the album). So while it may not feel as groundbreaking as previous releases, it’s just as human.
  4. Wilco (The Album) finds the band looser and more assertive than they were on their two previous efforts.
  5. The band's current six-member lineup, together five years and responsible for 2007's stunning "Sky Blue Sky," is its strongest to date--and Wilco (The Album) is as well-rounded an effort as the group has released.
  6. It doesn't help that Wilco is such a complacent album, so easily redolent of sounds and textures the band has called up in the past.
  7. Wilco is a Great Band, if you like stuff that’s boring. And a lot of people seemingly do.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. DebK.
    Jul 12, 2009
    10
    Perfect record!
  2. MannyF
    Jul 31, 2009
    9
    Well said Paul K, you nailed it. Everyone read his review... it's a great assesment of this record compared to more the highly praised Well said Paul K, you nailed it. Everyone read his review... it's a great assesment of this record compared to more the highly praised ones (i.e. yankee hotel foxtrot) Couldn't of said it better myself. Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2010
    9
    I've been Wilco fan for fifteen years. Although it's hard to rank their albums, I'd put Wilco( the album) in my top three along withI've been Wilco fan for fifteen years. Although it's hard to rank their albums, I'd put Wilco( the album) in my top three along with Summerteeth and Sky Blue Sky. Sure it doesn't push the boundaries like some of their other albums, but who can deny such great songwriting paired with Nels Cline guitar work . Not me, sucka! 'One Wing' is a truly beautiful song and might be my favorite Wilco song...right now. Expand
  4. RobS
    Jul 4, 2009
    8
    Better with repeated listens, I don't consider it one of their top tier efforts. That being said, it's still a really good record Better with repeated listens, I don't consider it one of their top tier efforts. That being said, it's still a really good record with a few songs (I'll fight, One Wing) that I like as much as any other Wilco song. Two or three "filler" type songs tend to hold the album back a bit. Just my humble opinion. Expand
  5. DrewP
    Aug 13, 2009
    8
    Wow, even though this album got pretty good reviews, I think it's still underrated. Jeff Tweedy & Wilco are just so good at crafting Wow, even though this album got pretty good reviews, I think it's still underrated. Jeff Tweedy & Wilco are just so good at crafting songs that, one way or another, are interesting. Favorites include Wilco (the song), One Wing and Bull Black Nova. Nels Cline on the guitar never disappoints. If you listen closely, there is also some nice production going on. Nothing to the level of YHF-level experimentation, but nice nonetheless. The one line just says it all: "Wilco will love you baby." Expand
  6. WaltonT
    Jul 25, 2009
    8
    The top 5 or 6 tracks would have made a superb EP.
  7. glen
    Jul 24, 2009
    2
    Wow wilco don't bore me to death or anything. not a single memorable song.

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