Wilco - Ode To Joy (October 4 2019)

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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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten months ago) link

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

― american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, October 4, 2019 2:51 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine months ago) link

I'm just listening now. Holy shit

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

Kind of a weird album to spend $500 on.

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


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