A couple of weeks ago Wilco released their new album. As with any new Wilco album (or any other great music) I try to listen through it eight to nine times before passing judgment.
Here are my thoughts for each song on the album.
1. Wilco (the song)
– One of the best first songs on any Wilco album
– Great mixture of the old and the new school WIlco songs
– Catchy as hell… I find myself singing “Wilco, Wilco, Wilco, Wilco will love you baby” all day after listening to it.
2. Deeper Down
– Least favorite song on the album. Find myself forwarding through it
– Weird style/selection for the second song.
3. One Wing
– Mellow, nice, comfortable in a good way
– Love the guitar work
– Love how it builds
– Want more of the screaming guitar and layered music at the end of the song
4. Bull Black Nova
– Quickly becoming one of my favorite Wilco songs
– Piano is AMAZING, great guitar work (tone)
– Music breathes
– Sounds AMAZING played really LOUD in a car!
– Great use of stereo (right speaker staying constant, left going crazy)
5. You And I
– BEAUTIFUL song
– Love the addition of a female voice (Feist)
– Great mixture of acoustic and electric guitars
6. You Never Know
– HOLY HELL I LOVE THIS SONG!
– Great piano, great lyrics, great harmonies,
– Playful, easy to sing along with… Want to see them play it live
7. Country Disappeared
– Nice song
– Good contrast with the previous song
– Another slow song
– Nice harmonies
9. I’ll Fight
– GREAT song
– Bring live to side two of the album
10. Sonny Feeling
– Another great throwback Wilco tune
– Nice guitar work, not over the top. Nice drum part.
– Would be a great song performed live
11. Everlasting Everything
– Nice conclusion for this album.
– Love the ambient guitar at the end of the song.
All-in-all I really like the album… It’s true that I don’t think it’s their best work, but with a little more time some of the slower songs (Country Disappeared and Solitaire) will grow on me and this review will improve.
In general, whatever album I am listening to at that time is my favorite one… But here is my rankings today:
1. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
2. A Ghost Is Born
3. Sky Blue Sky
4. Being There
7. Wilco (The Album)
Nerd Baseball News:
Started designing the renovations on McCall Memorial Stadium this weekend. I am pretty happy with the progress so far and hope to have it ready for the next major (The I-70 Classic).
Yeah, that’s right, I have developed my own ranking system using bananas… I think it will do the job.