Wilco - Cruel Country

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i'm sure some of this will be worthwhile but there doesn't seem to be much reason to be excited about this. single is forgettable

would have preferred a double album that embraced their eclecticism, rather than committing entirely to a single thing. 'finally embracing country' is fine but unexciting for them. hopefully 'live in studio' means we get some "impossible germany"-level jams or something

ufo, Friday, 29 April 2022 00:39 (three weeks ago) link

21 songs is a lot, jesus. Single is uninspiring.

Bee OK, Friday, 29 April 2022 01:54 (three weeks ago) link

I'm hoping for at least 10 good tracks. 10/21 may be a low average, but ten quality songs is really good for a vintage country LP.

birdistheword, Friday, 29 April 2022 02:39 (three weeks ago) link

I actually like the single. The phase on the lap steel is a real authentic touch if country circa 1978-83 is what you're aiming for.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 29 April 2022 04:25 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I dig it too. I read the press release and was like, “man, I’m not sure this is what I want from Wilco in 2022”, but then I heard the song and thought, “yeah, turns out maybe I do”.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 29 April 2022 04:37 (three weeks ago) link

It's a cruel, (cruel) cruel country
Twenty-one songs on a disc
It's a cruel, (it's a cruel) cruel country
Please buy it

Ned Raggett, Friday, 29 April 2022 14:24 (three weeks ago) link

^ actual lyrics

calstars, Friday, 29 April 2022 14:35 (three weeks ago) link

as someone who misses when Wilco was a country band i've been waiting 20 years for this, single sounds great and i will almost certainly be buying Being There 2022.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 29 April 2022 15:02 (three weeks ago) link

Big Thief inspiring Wilco is a twist

Indexed, Friday, 29 April 2022 15:12 (three weeks ago) link

Not just Big Thief. Waxahatchee had a lot of success going in a more Americana direction on her last album and now Angel Olson seems to be gearing up in that direction too. It is A Trend.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 29 April 2022 15:43 (three weeks ago) link

Back to basics one might say

calstars, Friday, 29 April 2022 15:51 (three weeks ago) link

Just (checks notes) 16 guys in a room, playing together

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 29 April 2022 19:04 (three weeks ago) link

The Wilco A-Team

Precious, Grace, Hill & Beard LTD. (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 29 April 2022 19:23 (three weeks ago) link

i did chuckle at reading "Cruel Country is almost entirely composed of live takes recorded at the Loft in Chicago" and then the video appears to be mostly footage of them recording parts and overdubs

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 29 April 2022 19:46 (three weeks ago) link

(personally idgaf how "live" it is but if thats a hook they want to emphasize in the promo maybe show that in the video instead)

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Friday, 29 April 2022 19:48 (three weeks ago) link


oh this one's really nice

ufo, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 22:54 (one week ago) link

I agree, pretty nice.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 10 May 2022 23:32 (one week ago) link

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