Sound: Groovy rockers, gentle ballads, tense introspections and laid back musings—all filtered through varying degrees of rootsy and country instrumentation like bendy pedal steel, strummy acoustic guitar and swirling organs. The songs often have a classic, Americana flavor—though not nearly as vintage as the stuff on 2007’s Sky Blue Sky—
with some more modern, aggressive touches like squalling feedback, throbbing piano, and funky bass—but it’s certainly less experimental than 2002’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot or 2004’s A Ghost is Born.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “I’ll Fight”; “Sonny Feeling”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Everlasting Everything”; “Country Disappeared”; “One Wing”; “You and I”; “Solitaire”; “Wilco”
Recommended: Like its banal title might suggest, Wilco (the album) is not a special album. It lacks standout tracks—at least compared to their past highlights—and pales in comparison to several of the albums in their impressive catalogue. That said, this is still a solid collection of songs and musical ideas. Those that like Wilco’s more challenging and adventurous work should take to the first half, while those that like their hookier, poppier tunes should find more to like in the latter half.