Wilco - Ode To Joy (October 4 2019)

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Reminds me of the last Radiohead in the sense that it’s very crisp and well put together but too placid to really get excited about.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Friday, 4 October 2019 19:16 (nine months ago) link

the last radiohead record was not too placid to get excited about!

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 4 October 2019 19:17 (nine months ago) link

both construct an ominous dreamy atmosphere out of very few elements though so fair comparison

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 4 October 2019 19:19 (nine months ago) link

lol @ moon shaped pool having "very few elements"

it seems like, anymore, wilco is just recording songs so that they can replicate them exactly in a live setting. kind of takes the fun out of releasing studio albums imo. but also explains why they're such a great live band.

speaking of which: would love a sequel to kicking television.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 4 October 2019 20:10 (nine months ago) link

lol @ moon shaped pool having "very few elements"

ok what i meant was that the record is relatively quiet i guess

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 4 October 2019 20:14 (nine months ago) link

but it doesn't take much for "daydreaming" or "desert island disk" to sound ominous, the strings in the former just darken the clouds

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 4 October 2019 20:16 (nine months ago) link

ahh, gotcha.

yeah, it is a very dynamic record. that's part of the appeal for me.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 4 October 2019 20:20 (nine months ago) link

I like how gentle this album is.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 October 2019 21:04 (nine months ago) link

They almost always find interesting ways to be boring.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 October 2019 21:08 (nine months ago) link

I didn't become a fan until Star Wars -- is Nels Cline still playing with them? Maybe he was part of the "secret sauce" on that album(?)

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Friday, 4 October 2019 21:40 (nine months ago) link

(...looking back, I see he played on Wilco albums going back to 2007 -- so maybe not. Looks like this is their first without him for a while.)

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Friday, 4 October 2019 21:53 (nine months ago) link

he's on this new record

tylerw, Friday, 4 October 2019 21:56 (nine months ago) link

Ah, Wikipedia's out of date then

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Friday, 4 October 2019 21:59 (nine months ago) link

wikipedia says he’s on the record and in the band

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 4 October 2019 22:01 (nine months ago) link

He's been a member since the Ghost tour, so he's on every album since then. Though I admit it can be tricky, since Tweedy is a pretty good skronky guitarist when he wants to be.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 4 October 2019 22:02 (nine months ago) link

I was looking at his personal Wikipedia page, which stopped at Schmilco. Sorted now, thx

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Friday, 4 October 2019 22:07 (nine months ago) link

I just finished Tweedy’s book a couple of nights ago so I was definitely primed to like this one, and it’s certainly not bad, maybe it’ll grow on me.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:25 (nine months ago) link

I revisited Star Wars and Schmilco this afternoon, and they’re both just so good.

Even if nothing else this band does ends up connecting with me, I’m really thankful for that period of sync-up.

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:51 (nine months ago) link

They almost always find interesting ways to be boring.

the reverse describes my feeling on the post-Whole Love output including this one

Simon H., Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:41 (nine months ago) link

I think they're both tenable positions. Depends on the day, I guess.

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 5 October 2019 12:50 (nine months ago) link

"we were lucky" is like "bull black nova" part two, gradually taken over by growling unease. it is really not boring

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 October 2019 14:32 (nine months ago) link

and "quiet amplifier" is only six minutes long but it's about as good as a stretched out atmospheric wilco song gets

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 5 October 2019 14:35 (nine months ago) link

feels like an album of "radio cure"s to me

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I am immediately listening to this album

flappy bird, Sunday, 6 October 2019 21:45 (nine months ago) link

Lots of «Kamera» in here as well, maybe side a of YHF in general. I really like it.

Mule, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 11:56 (eight months ago) link

this is a beautiful record, damn. highlights for me are the stretch from 'one and a half stars' to 'white wooden cross,' and i love the spindly guitar and plunking piano on 'love is everywhere'

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Thursday, 10 October 2019 20:34 (eight months ago) link

Love Quiet Amplifier but 10 plays in and struggling to remember most of the rest

PaulTMA, Thursday, 10 October 2019 23:39 (eight months ago) link

I've pretty much fallen for this. Tweedy sounds (relatively) content.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Friday, 11 October 2019 16:43 (eight months ago) link

I'm with you Paul. Quiet Amplifier and Love is Strange are the highlights for me. The rest, I like it while I'm listening but I don't find it super memorable. Also how I felt about Schmilco.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 11 October 2019 17:51 (eight months ago) link

The songs on Schmilco glisten for me with tension and purpose, in both composition and performance.

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Friday, 11 October 2019 18:12 (eight months ago) link

Haven't had a chance to listen to this yet, but hearing Kot and DeRogatis go on about how boring it is and how much they don't like it basically confirms that it'll probably be my favorite Wilco record in awhile.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 11 October 2019 19:16 (eight months ago) link

I like the first few songs a lot... then the next few ("1.5 Stars" & "Quiet Amplifier") feel kind of slack & rote. "Quiet Amplifier" is groovy (as mentioned above). "White Wooden Cross" feels sleepy, and I guess its melody is either "classic" (in a Dylan-ish mode) or paint-by-numbers, depending on how it hits yr ears. The next few traxx are sorta dull ("We Were Lucky" drags on too long). I don't care for "Love Is Everywhere." The final two songs are good, but not exceptional (I dig: Eight tiny lines of cocaine / Left on a copy machine). FINAL RATING: B

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Friday, 11 October 2019 20:16 (eight months ago) link

"Quiet Amplifier" is groovy (as mentioned above).

I meant "Everyone Hides"... whatever

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Friday, 11 October 2019 20:29 (eight months ago) link

Determined to get into this album one way or another. It all sounds pleasant enough...

But then again Citizens sounds like the most pointless Wilco song ever

PaulTMA, Friday, 11 October 2019 20:30 (eight months ago) link

Definitely not an album of "Radio Cure"s. It's fine in the same whelming way the other three Wilco albums this decade have been. I can't believe how quickly it's over when it ends.

Wally P. Doyle, Sunday, 13 October 2019 05:46 (eight months ago) link

I'm just listening now. Holy shit

flappy bird, Monday, 14 October 2019 01:51 (eight months ago) link

Kind of a weird album to spend $500 on.

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Monday, 14 October 2019 02:00 (eight months ago) link


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