The hype surrounding this album ( or lack thereof ) makes it resonate differently than if we had time to imagine what it could have been. It left me feeling happy that a band of their stature can still do something like this. It’s a boost for all independent songwriters and artists. They are keeping the little guy afloat with this one, but that’s not why it’s good.
It opens so harshly and immediately that it literally brought a smile to my face because it’s so… Wilco…
The 4th track on the album has a lead guitar tone that saves it from blending into the others like a pair of Ray Bans at Coachella.
The album does feel rushed slightly but that may be all due to the promotion and surprise delivery. I’m not saying these songs are the best this year but it’s another Wilco album, isn’t that in its own category anyway?
7.0 / 10.0