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The Whole Love [Double CD, Deluxe Edition]

Wilco Audio CD
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After seven studio albums, various collaborations and countless days on the road over the past 15 years, Wilco tried something new before starting work on its eighth record, The Whole Love, due Sept. 27 on dBpm Records: The Chicago band took a vacation. Staying off stage for most of the latter half of 2010 was the longest break from touring that bandleader Jeff Tweedy has had in a career ... Read more in Amazon's Wilco Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: dBpm
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Art Of Almost 7:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Might 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sunloathe 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dawned On Me 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Black Moon 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Born Alone 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Open Mind 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Capitol City 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Standing O 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Rising Red Lung 3:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Whole Love 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)12:04Album Only
Listen13. I Love My Label 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Message From Mid-Bar (Bonus) 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Speak Into The Rose (Bonus) 6:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Black Moon [Alt] (Bonus) 3:530.99  Buy MP3 

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This deluxe edition includes a 52-page booklet, two oversized CD wallets and a hardcover slipcase as well as four bonus tracks.

BBC Review

Since 1994 Wilco have proved themselves one of the most reliable and enjoyable bands to occupy the upper tier of indie-rock hierarchy, though recent LPs Sky Blue Sky (2007) and Wilco (The Album) (2009) might have dented their reputation somewhat as one of the most exciting. Although not bad albums by any stretch of the imagination, they rarely displayed the depth of imagination and beauty present across the group's back catalogue, exemplified on 2002's stunning Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

It's pleasing to be able to report, then, that the band seems both relaxed and reinvigorated on The Whole Love, which is equally at home spinning into stormy electric guitar crescendos as it is offering up deft acoustic numbers. The current line-up has been in place since 2004, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone notably receiving a production credit here, while renowned guitarist Nels Cline's contribution feels more vital to proceedings than ever before.

But it is on the strength of Jeff Tweedy's songwriting that the band ultimately succeeds, and here he seems ready and willing to embrace some of the complexities and strangeness that have made their best work so enthralling. Art of Almost makes for a terrific, though slightly misleading opening gambit; Tweedy has noted its position in the tracklisting stems from not having any idea what people will make of it. A dark, hypnotic groove boasting programmed beats, sweeping strings and a deep low end before a thunderous wig-out to finish, it will doubtless (and not for the first time) earn the band many Radiohead comparisons. Yet with Tweedy's forlorn, husky pipes at its fore it remains indubitably a product of the Chicago sextet: one that confidently sketches out new territory for the group while sounding almost purpose-built to reward repeated listens.

Lead single I Might furnishes its chugging, catchy hooks with another expressive vocal from Tweedy, who whoops, sighs and hollers his way through the song in playful, free-associative style, while Open Mind is one of the most straightforwardly gorgeous ballads he's ever written, of a heartbreaking melody and yearning, unrequited lyric so intuitive you wonder it hasn't always existed (likewise the exuberant, sunny chorus of Dawned on Me). With the closing One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend) the band gracefully unwinds over 12 minutes of twinkling, ruminative acoustica, thus bringing to an end their most adventurous, confident and engaging record in years.

--James Skinner

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco - Cover all bases 26 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
There is a danger when you try to satisfy everyone that you satisfy no one. Jeff Tweedy is keenly aware of this since in recent years Wilco has tended to polarize music fans who love their experimental side as evidenced on their masterpiece "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" but are not overly keen on their gentle country rock side as evidenced by albums like "Sky blue sky". But in the world of Wilco the whole is the sum of the parts and in a remarkable career they have become the premier American band by refusing to be pigeonholed and being driven by a sense of sonic adventure. "The Whole Love" is their eighth full album and comes as a single album or a slightly longer special edition with 4 additional tracks. It essentially covers all Wilco bases with a mix of the experimental and traditional. This is most in evidence on the two best tracks which bookend the main album. First up is the powerful 7 minute plus opener "Art of the almost" made up of a wonderful cacophony of pulsing synths, propulsive beats and Nels Cline doing a great impression of Richie Blackmore. As a polar opposite the album concludes with the gorgeous twelve minute plus alt country acoustic epic "One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)" where not one second is wasted and which may be one of Tweedy's finest compositions ever. In between you get some of the best pop songs since Summerteeth and a fine balance between artsy, melodic and country. The single "I might" for example has a throbbing bass, a sub Doors style keyboard line and enough hooks to catch mackerel. Cline's injects the song with ragged guitar lines as Tweedy who is clearly enjoying himself intones that "It's all right/You won't set the kids on fire/But I might". Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco hit the spot.... 6 Oct 2011
By Helen
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Wilco have long been one of my favourite bands, and in my opinion The Whole Love is a seriously great addition to their catalogue. Others have already reviewed The Whole Love far more eloquently than I can, but I wanted to add that Tweedy's vocals really stand out for me on this CD. His voice seems to have more dimensions to it than I've known before, but still on occasions makes my heart ache with its quiet soulfulness. Wilco are the complete package - genius song-writing, all skilled musicians (but sensitive and selfless enough to know when to hold back), and one of the best live bands you will ever see.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole Lotta Love 26 Sep 2011
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Less experiemental than some earlier Wilco records Jeff Tweedy settles down to middle age with another career defining record. Wilco are the top American 'a' band of the last 15 years each record has been bold and different. Perhaps not as challenging as YHF but this will sit comfortably with their other records - Wilco can do no wrong - great band and Jeff Tweedy is amongst the best songwriters of the last 20 years.

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3.0 out of 5 stars almost not quite 26 Feb 2014
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Not as good as YHF or Summerteeth but still some finely crafted songs from one of the best live bands I've ever seen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive songs that flow 19 Nov 2013
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This is a great CD that grows and grows on me. I knew nothing of Wilco until I was transfixed by a chance hearing of Black Moon and decided to follow up on the premise that anyone who could produce that quality of music would be worth a longer listen. It sure was the right decision as its the whole package of mind grabbing sounds, deep lyrics and a voice to remember. I hear a whisper of John Lennon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another year and another great album by Wilco 26 Dec 2011
By Douglas
Format:Audio CD
Another year and another great album by Wilco. On first listening I found The Whole Love a little flat and uninteresting, making me think that perhaps Jeff Tweedy was trying too many different styles. However, on repeated listenings the album grew on me and I realised that he had succeeded once again. I doubt if there's a better rock band around today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Love 11 Dec 2011
By Martin.
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I was a bit dubious about this record to start with, but it is certainly a grower. After you get past the incongrous electronica of the Art of Almost, you are in the familiar Wilco territory of guitar based pop with an avantgarde, punky edge. Interspersed with beautifully constructed acoustic tunes such as Black Moon and standout track One Sunday Morning. Bonus cd cover I Love My Label and title track Whole Love provide the catchy pop sensibility that is missing elsewhere. After watching them give an oustanding performance at the Manchester Academy recently, I can only recommend this record and Wilco to fellow Amazon customers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Love 1 Dec 2011
By lonniej
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Up-to-standard Wilco album. Which means very good. More varied than most but none the worse for that. Best tracks lay in the latter half.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Are they taking the piss? Safe, boring, nothingness. Wilco - maybe...
There is no trace of Wilco's alt-country roots here. Thats fine, change is good, moving on is good. But what has replaced those early sounds? On this showing, nothing. Read more
Published on 12 April 2012 by Captain Kirk
1.0 out of 5 stars Great album totally spoilt

Two words describe this album.


Why oh why oh why does this happen again and again? Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2011 by Mr. C. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Wilco is finally back to their good old self! This is album is much better than I expected! A friend and I saw them live last month as well, and I love the album even more after... Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2011 by Izzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Something old, something new, something borrowed
A new album from Wilco that more or less does it all. Has enough of the past to know it is still got a great writer in Jeff Tweedy in all these songs, but always willing to take a... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by Widnes Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars Understated quality?
Since it was published, I have read in several reviews (press, forums, blogs...) that Wilco's new album is another example of the band playing it safe since A Ghost is born was... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by xxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco back on top form
This is a great album. Wilco have been a bit off form with their previous couple of albums but The Whole Love re-establishes them as a top flight band. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by Harriboy
4.0 out of 5 stars No love for Amazon
I'd love to review this record - I gave it four stars based on what I know of Wilco's previous records and I didn't want to do them down by giving them any less. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2011 by Kenny71
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