(originally published, 4/30/2007)
the new wilco alb is like an indie’d up early post-beatles solo alb, to me (could be jawn, jorj or pawl). if we follow o’rourke’s assertion that ghost is born is tweedy’s if i could only remember my name, and tom scharpling (and my) assertion that foxtrot is sister lovers…well, then another mid-70s-ish/indie rock record kinda makes sense. the alb isn’t the kinda thing i’ll prance the streets evangelizing about, but i bet i’ll listen to it more in the next six months than i do any number of ‘greater’ albums. ‘nothing wrong with being a good songwriter and writing a record of good, sad-y songs. and it takes “stones” to bring nels cline into yr group then cut something as un-axeman-ish as this. a robin trower record this is not, ‘s what i mean.
i’d highly recommend checking the album stream, too, ’cause the very AM fidelity fits tweedy’s chosen vibe perfectly.
is it as good as the last loose fur record, though? both albums have little dinky, ‘fun-time’ piano interludes that remind me of the campiest phish songs and the less arty forays of eugene’s vaunted visible men.