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  • Summary: The 11th full-length studio release for the Chicago alternative rock band was produced by Jeff Tweedy.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
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  1. Uncut
    Sep 30, 2019
    90
    Finely honed reflections that add a new perspective to the conversation of politics. ... The songs here are simple, but they contain multitudes. [Oct 2019, p.25]
  2. Oct 7, 2019
    84
    There’s nothing about Ode to Joy that is meant to set the airwaves afire. It’s raw elegance; a surplus of creativity delivered with equal portions of restraint.
  3. Q Magazine
    Sep 30, 2019
    80
    Ode To Joy shivers on this ledge between defiance and dissolution. Despite Tweedy's fears, it turns out more Wilco music is exactly what's needed. [Nov 2019, p.117]
  4. Sep 30, 2019
    80
    In trying times, Wilco have found some joy in creativity and made another album true to themselves, full of “poetry and magic” to console and inspire.
  5. 80
    It all adds up to yet another winning set from a band still to release a subpar album in a 25-year career.
  6. 75
    Ode to Joy reminds us of how good the band can be with the benefit of time and deliberation.
  7. Oct 4, 2019
    63
    Though it encompasses traditional elements, “Ode to Joy” falls on the quirkier side of the Wilco spectrum, an album that prizes subtlety and intimacy over immediacy and dynamics.

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  1. Oct 5, 2019
    10
    Beautiful album. Takes a few listens to get into it, but it is 100% worth it.