#19: Wilco – Wilco (The Album)

I’m actually disappointed to be writing this entry.  I’ve been listening to Wilco since my Freshman year of high school, and they have remained one of my favorite bands ever since.  I’ve yet to hear a weak Wilco album; Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2000), being one of my favorite 2000s album, and Summerteeth (1999), being one of my favorite albums of all-time.  So why am I disappointed? Basically because I expect more from Wilco than my 19th favorite album of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely like this album, but I feel like Wilco took a very conservative approach, and it honestly feels boring at some times.

Some of the tracks on this album maintain the signature Wilco sound, such as “Wilco (The Song)” and “Bull Black Nova” (featured below).  However, a great deal of the tracks simply feel like ordinary pop songs, with no innovation or creativity.  That isn’t to say that they aren’t well written songs, but rather just not up to par with prior Wilco albums.

Essentially this album will be remembered by me as Wilco’s safety album.  It’s probably my least favorite of their discography (a very strong discography, nonetheless), but like I said earlier, I’ve yet to hear a weak Wilco album.


Released: June 30, 2009

Metacritic: 76/100
Pitchfork: 7.3/10
Allmusic: 4/5

My Last.fm

Recommended tracks

Wilco (The Song)

Bull Black Nova


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