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  • Summary: The long wait for this fourth album from Jeff Tweedy & co. is partially the result of the tumultuous recording process that left the band without its guitarist (Jay Bennett) and its record label (Warner/Reprise). Fellow Chicagoan Jim O'Rourke mixed the 11 tracks.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. 100
    A masterpiece, exactly the sort of record that your average sentient pop genius should make in 2002. [May 2002, p.99]
  2. 100
    Complex and dangerously catchy, lyrically sophisticated and provocative, noisy and somehow serene, Wilco's aging new album is simply a masterpiece; it is equally magnificent in headphones, cars and parties.... No one is too good for this album; it is better than all of us.
  3. Yankee confirms what fans have long suspected: Wilco was right, the label was wrong, and the album could be the best of the band's career.
  4. After a while -- a familiarity period if you will -- it becomes clear that these songs are not only fully realized, they're damn near brilliant.
  5. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is basically a good album, even a great album if you're in the mood, though if you listen to a lot of hip-hop (or house music or basement bhangra or any other genre not dominated by white people), it probably won't be the most extraordinary album you'll hear all month.
  6. It's a gripping darkness that doesn't often lift. It's hard going, but it's worth it, and that is undoubtedly their point.
  7. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's faceless, airbrushed production takes you back to the dead days of 1970s AOR radio. [#220, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 88
  2. Negative: 5 out of 88
  1. MaxS.
    Apr 22, 2002
    10
    Flawless, haunting, stalking, lingering masterpiece. Wilco have arrived and cemented in place an album that is unique and familiar, an album Flawless, haunting, stalking, lingering masterpiece. Wilco have arrived and cemented in place an album that is unique and familiar, an album that is destined to be remembered. Brilliant. Expand
  2. Oct 1, 2010
    10
    Awesome, music from the rock and roll angels! Great songs jammed out to their max, along with slow and thoughtful sing-alongs. Instantly andAwesome, music from the rock and roll angels! Great songs jammed out to their max, along with slow and thoughtful sing-alongs. Instantly and unilaterally establishes the Tweedy legend. Expand
  3. JohnC.
    Aug 13, 2002
    10
    10/10...and its not even my favorite wilco album...
  4. TobyI
    Dec 26, 2006
    10
    phenomenal album. it is one of those albums that i could listen to over and over again, even though i already know the whole thing by heart. phenomenal album. it is one of those albums that i could listen to over and over again, even though i already know the whole thing by heart. although some tracks are not as great as others, they lyrics are consistantly unbelievable, and it has gotten me hooked to the band and jeff tweedy. clearly, im a huge fan, and i could not have asked for a better album Expand
  5. SeamusS
    Jan 6, 2006
    10
    Though Not the most immediatly accesable album from the band, it remains one of their greatest, truley turning a corner in alternative Though Not the most immediatly accesable album from the band, it remains one of their greatest, truley turning a corner in alternative country and giving a big fuck you to the rest of the shity music world. If you're smart and not so full of yourself as to have to dislike it because alot of people do, you'll love it. remember kids there's a reason to why some albums are popular Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Jun 1, 2005
    9
    many say that it is a kid a ripoff , but the truth is, that is infinitely better
  7. RickR
    Sep 18, 2003
    1
    Your chastizing me!! This album is not even close to the quality of some of justin timberlakes stuff.

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