Sunday, September 11, 2011

roger, Wilco

Well, hey there everyone. I know it's been a while since I managed to get a post up here. I have to apologize. Between traveling and moving I haven't had time to get a proper write-up done, and you deserve better than halfassery. You know you do. So please forgive me and let's move along with our lives.

About a week ago Wilco streamed their entire new album for 24 hours. If you were lucky enough to catch it, you'll know why I'm excited for the release on the 27th. I know that's almost two weeks away but I want to bring it up now so you can share in the anticipation if you missed the streaming event.

Wilco has continued to push the boundaries of folk, pop, and rock music over the years. They dabble in experimental sounds as effortlessly as they perform unreleased Woody Guthrie tracks. On the new album, The Whole Love, they continue their genre-breaking approach. Here's the opening track, which really blew me away. Settle in and relax, though, it's a long one:

Click to play Wilco - Art Of Almost

It's a small opus that shifts musical styles with ease, to the point where I had to make sure I was still listening to the same song about 4 minutes in. It's a great opener to a great album.

General consensus from folks who streamed the album is that it's probably the band's best work since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. That's a big statement, but I can agree. The thing that jumps out most to me is the hint of The Beatles that comes through. The songs and production come together in a way that evokes Abbey Road. That's another big statement. I'll stand by it. Wilco is making some of the most interesting and exciting music around right now.

Out of respect for the band, I won't post any other unreleased tracks from the album. They have been gracious enough to stream the last few albums directly from their website prior to release, which is very cool, and I don't want to take advantage of that gratuity. They do, however, have a new video for their song "Born Alone," which I can pass along with a clear conscience.

So yes, it's early, but mark the 27th on your calendar and be sure to pick up the album. In the meantime, why not break out Summerteeth or Yankee Hotel Foxtrot again. There's never a bad time to listen to a great album.

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