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  1. Jeff’s music has helped me more than anything connect to music deeply rooted in the American experience, from bluegrass, to folk, to country, to soul. And I’m not from the Midwest, but I love the quintessentially Midwestern scenes he paints from New Madrid, to Casino Queen, to Via Chicago, to The Plains (and many more besides). Some of my favorite lines that best capture that range of emotions and contradictions that come with being American: “red eyed and blue” “Spinning out webs of deductions and melodies, on a private beach in Michigan” ”bre
  2. Disc One ends with The Universe and is 39 minutes. Disc Two is 38 minutes. Great post, by the way. Love thinking about our listening experiences as being physical in nature. Speaking of, I wonder if the pandemic led to some shift in creativity towards the form factor of the double album. My four favorite albums released this year are all double albums (Wilco, Big Thief, Beach House, and Kendrick Lamar).
  3. I wholeheartedly agree TWL would be even better as a double album. Just adding Speak Into The Rose gets you halfway there, lol. In general, like jff, I definitely prefer albums to be less than 45 minutes and have a consistent mood. That said, I still find that CC has plenty of variety to keep me interested all the way through. I'll throw another idea out there: OTJ works better as a six track EP: (Tracks 1-4, 8, and 11). (Edit to add: "Love is Everywhere" belongs on CC!)
  4. I don't know. I'm having trouble thinking of a band using comedy as a guiding concept for an album. There are the comedic bands like Tenacious D and, more recently, Mouse Rat (which included some Tweedy contributions). There are great songwriters who regularly deploy their sense of humor, like Bob Dylan and David Berman. But none of those examples quite fit the bill, do they.
  5. I think Jeff got the memo about how Wilco Schmilco was received. (Not that it wasn't actually, in some ways, a very serious album. Just didn't land that way.) People expect serious Wilco. But I love your idea of a humor-based album; plus, it would allow Jeff to bring in Nic Offerman and George Saunders as collaborators.
  6. Wilco’s always been about creating stark contrasts. I would be surprised if there next record sounded anything like CC. I’m glad Jeff thinks they can follow up a record meant to provide comfort and solace with one that will sound “alien.” I agree CC isn’t “a step forward” as much as it’s just, imo, really fucking good. I also agree there’s a bit of a conflict, or choice, between experimentation and wanting to do live takes. SBS and CC are not what I would call experimental, boundary pushing Wilco records. They’re great because of how they revert to an older mode of recording live f
  7. this is true to how I feel a lot of the time too, but I think the overall point of the album is akin to a relationship with a difficult parent. It forces the choice: you can either have a relationship with the thing/person you love or not. You can’t change where you’re from, and you can’t change anyone but yourself. I think the album is saying we think we want to stay in this relationship with our country because we love it, while also knowing we may never change it to our liking.
  8. Yeah, my impressions of Many Worlds are similar. To be clear, my comment about it being analogous to ALTWYS is because I think the instrumental coda comprises the full expression of the lyric "I know I'm not the only one ...Alive/looking at the sky..." And I agree totally with the comparisons and observations you made about the instrumental coda's type of sound. The first part of the song is without question my least favorite bit of songwriting on the album. It's just shy of unlistenable for me. I like the slightly static-y production of the piano. Otherwise, ick. So in
  9. It's pretty wild how different Wilco's last 4 albums are. Alt-rock. Folk-rock. Experimental. Country. If you don't like the current Wilco record, all you have to do is wait for the next one.
  10. Yeah, fair enough. I personally love both the simple folk song structures immaculately executed by the sextet as well as the more instrumentally expressive, less vocal/lyric-centered stuff. Darkness is Cheap, like Mystery Binds, is another one where the melody played by guitar/french horn/piano, rather than the melody that's sung, takes center stage. And I was thinking about your critique vis a vis a song like Many Worlds. Like, to me, Many Worlds takes a very similar, trademark Wilco, approach as another classic song: At Least That's What You Said. It starts with a soft ballad, th
  11. I think those are some good observations, but I also think they only describe about half the album. The guitar playing by all the guys has become more rhythm and textures in the last two to three albums than riff and solo-heavy, for sure. I’m not really bothered by it and still think it’s a product of the band’s creative evolution, not just Jeff’s. Also, if I had to guess, I’d say Wilco’s next album will be much more experimental and less “songs.” Jeff even talked in a recent interview about them having started making a very different “art pop” record during the pandemic. I
  12. This is the gist It goes Like this (one of my favorite parts of CC that, I think, illustrates exactly what you're saying you love about Wilco). Also, see Bird Without a Tail/Base of My Skull and Many Worlds and the instrumental melody that is the climax in the middle of The Empty Condor.
  13. Really interesting post. Are you referencing a change you perceive in the mix of Wilco albums of late/this album in particular? Or, are you referencing a change to how the songs are written/arranged?
  14. (It's been forever since I've posted here.) Love the new record and need another place to discuss it. (I don't do fb). Love CC more with each listen. There are many subtle parts that I completely missed on the first few listens. It's hard for me to believe they could arrange it so intricately via live takes in-studio. I can understand those who don't love the energy of this record. Those who want more edgy rockers in the vein of AGIB, TWL or SW. I love that too. What I have a very hard time accepting are those who say it's a continuation of Jeff's solo work. There are j
  15. One of the things I love about Jeff is his downright reverence for the greats who have come Before Us. It's exactly why Wilco could play a highly entertaining set of Stones-y rock. And I don't see any signs of Wilco not still enjoying rocking out live when they do. But my read on these latest comments is...I don't think Jeff is saying he doesn't enjoy or respect playing Rock n' Roll, just that he's less inspired by it as a NEW direction of exploration for Wilco. And that's what's so great about Wilco, their regular insistence on exploring new territory as a band. Contrast that to U2.
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