Wilco - Cruel Country

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the whole love wasn't included in my count of low-key recent wilco albums, only star wars/schmilco/ode to joy. star wars is obviously not mellow like the other two and better for it but it's still pretty low stakes

i think this one's probably better than the whole love though, i only really love the bookends on that (which are career highlights and better than anything here) but the rest doesn't move me much

ufo, Saturday, 28 May 2022 00:03 (two months ago) link

i feel the songwriting on this one is tweedy's strongest in a long time, that's the big surprise

ufo, Saturday, 28 May 2022 00:13 (two months ago) link

Love this album. Nice to hear Jeff breaking out of his more recent whispering phase

PaulTMA, Sunday, 29 May 2022 14:36 (two months ago) link

The Whole Love has some decent material but the slow 'acoustic' numbers are virtually impossible to remember and the superior powerpop songs are fine but reek of diet-Summerteeth

PaulTMA, Monday, 30 May 2022 01:24 (two months ago) link

Just returned from Solid Sound. I must say that while I had been enjoying Cruel Country, the songs hadn’t struck me as especially indelible. However, seeing them live really made them pop, with distinct and more memorable character instead of kind of a monochrome midtempo dad rock blend. And Bird Without a Tail was an absolute rager, of the Spiders/Impossible Germany tier.

I was there with my kids so didn’t get to see quite as much music as I would’ve liked, but two other highlights:

- Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen presented with a 98th birthday cake in the midst of a raging set

- Nels Cline taking an unbelievably raging solo during Japanese Breakfast’s Posing for Cars

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Monday, 30 May 2022 14:57 (two months ago) link

the songs hadn’t struck me as especially indelible

This. Lazy Tweedy on this. If they end up sounding better live, that's even more reason to think he rushed this out too soon

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 June 2022 13:10 (two months ago) link

I haven't heard this yet, but that strikes me as a weird assumption. I'd say at least 60% of Wilco's stuff comes more alive on stage.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 2 June 2022 17:37 (two months ago) link


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