Wilco, Wilco (The Album) (2009)
This album arrived rather swiftly on the back of Sky Blue Sky and at the time I liked Sky Blue Sky – it felt pretty, the playing was exquisite – but I was still sold on the Wilco of everything up to Sky Blue Sky. I still feel that Sky’s key tracks are among the band’s best but the album is lovely rather than brilliant. And so when this self-titled album, replete with self-titled song, arrived I was keen to get on board but it felt – ultimately – like filler. Live, the songs offered a bit more grunt, the VU-like chug of the opener, and some beautiful ballads – not quite another Sky Blue Sky but transitioning away from everything else (still). I bought the LP as part of a package deal – three Wilco records, all of them with the CDs inside too; the smart way for a record to be presented (rip the tunes from the disc to your iPod, we might like to sit around and play vinyl but we are also on-the-go people in this never-stopping world). But I forgot about Wilco (The Album). I just couldn’t get enthused. I’ve seen the band live twice – about to see them a third time. I’d always see them if I could – great band, amazing players, with a strong body of work, it’s almost irrelevant whether their latest material grabs you, you just know it’s going to be a good gig. But in the build-up to the latest tour I finally put this LP on the turntable – I was familiar with it when the band last toured and since then I’ve let it all slide. It’s a far better album than I remember. And that’s one of the reasons I like owning LPs. Files sit there and are happily forgotten. Records know how to wait.
Sample Track: Everlasting Everything
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