Friday, November 11, 2011

Wilco - "The Whole Love" album

From the glitchy electronic noise that opens the album on "Art Of Almost", it's obvious that this is Wilco moving back into their more playful experimental mode, after a couple of albums of more straightforward rock. The noise gives quickly way to become a rather gentle folk-pop song before exploding into a swell of post-Krautrock improv jamming. "Dawned On Me" is a scrappy (yet mature) slice of Summertime pop, complete with Jeff Tweedy whistling, whereas "Black Moon" goes more introspective and low-key, proving that Tweedy and company are at the top of their class. The remainder of the album beautifully and skillfully teeters between well-written and upbeat pop songs and almost somber melancholia. The 12-minute "One Sunday Morning" combines a disjointed guitar/piano melody with minimalist drones and reflective words from Tweedy to spectacular effect. It's a perfect bookend to this magnificent album. (dBpm Records)

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