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Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [Enhanced]

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 (22 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00005YXZH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Named in honour of the three-word codes used by short-wave radio operators, Wilco's fourth album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot sounds like a late-night broadcast of some weirdly wonderful pop station punctuated by static and the sonic bleed of competing signals. Songs that begin with simple, elegiac grace--"Ashes of American Flags" and "Poor Places"--end in a cathartic squall of distortion. The results can be initially jarring, but it's these tracks more than the sturdy jangle pop of "Kamera" or "Heavy Metal Drummer" that demand, and reward, repeated listens.

Mixed by studio experimentalist Jim O'Rourke and produced by the band, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot harkens back to a time when the words "pop" and "sonic adventurism" weren't mutually exclusive. The Beatles and Kurt Cobain knew this, and clearly so do Jeff Tweedy and company. --Keith Moerer

BBC Review

As with any of the bands lumped by lazy journalists into the vague bracket of 'Alt Country' Wilco's successive releases see them break any remaining preconceptions into tiny pieces. Yes, there's an element of country but only in as much as there seems to be an element of everything here. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot will undoubtedly fox (sorry) even regular listeners on first listen, but repeated plays show it to be a veritable chinese puzzle: multi-faceted and knowing no recognisable boundaries. These facts are, perhaps, what Jeff Tweedy needs to know more than anything right now, for the genesis of this album was nothing if not painful. It was worth it, Jeff.

Blame the critical success of previous album Summerteeth but raising commercial expectations in a major record label was always going to cause problems. So much so in fact that YHF was rejected by Reprise as too left-field and in the ensuing tensions Tweedy and Co. lost guitarist Jay Bennett and their record deal. Following a small tour, a $50,000 price tag to buy back the master tapes and a new deal with Nonesuch (distributed by Warners, go figure...) one would expect the 18 month-old opus to have lost a little of its newness; but no. This sounds like the sound of next year built out of the wreckage of the past, and built to last.

While the first track "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" follows Tweedy's lo-fi acoustic template, it's immediately obvious that two things are different. One is the more finely-tuned craft behind the song structures. Make no mistake (as Reprise obviously did), this is a great POP album as much as anything else. Songs like "War On War" with its jangly chorus and "Heavy Metal Drummer" which wryly details a true middle-American love affair with Kiss, burst with great hooks and sumptuous arrangements. The second great new thing is Jim O'Rourke's job on the mixing desk. An album of such contrasts as the dour lament "Ashes Of American Flags" and the Beck-like silliness of "I'm The Man That Loves You" (top Neil Young circa-"Loner" guitar here!) deserves an attention to production detail that will allow it to rise above, say, the next Wallflowers release. What seems slapdash on first listen is, in fact, irresistably assured and locked into place by a sonic palette which veers between charmingly ambient ("Heavy Metal Drummer") and disarmingly jarring ("Ashes&" and "Poor Places").

What Wilco realise is that this is all acceptable currency to the global audience and, while retaining a sense of melodic stability is as key to their formula as anything else, they need never aplogise for their increasingly eclectic approach. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot will outlast any tags you dare to put on it, and then some... --Chris Jones

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My oh my, they've done it again 6 Jan 2003
By Mr. C. D. A. Price VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Having initially read some rather dismissive reviews, I bought this with mixed feelings. On the one hand I have great faith in Jeff Tweedy's way with a tune, but on the other hand I suspected that he was becoming somewhat uneasy with the critical acclaim accorded to the previous records, and wouldn't think twice about "doing a Kid A", thereby alienating half his fanbase. I shouldn't have worried. Although certainly odd on first listening, the wicked skewed pop songs are still clearly in evidence: Heavy Metal Drummer, and the tremendous Jesus,etc never fail to bring a smile to my face and War on War is just a fine pop ditty.
However, it's certainly on the more measured, downbeat songs that they come up trumps time and again. The opening bars of Ashes of American Flags send a shiver down one's spine, the song achingly melancholic until descending into a cacophony of feedback and white noise. And if that's not enough, the final two tracks Poor Places and Reservations are equally impressive, the latter possessing possibly the most gorgeous Tweedy melody yet.
I must admit that after Summerteeth, I thought the only way was down for Wilco, particularly given all the trouble with record labels and line-up changes. They have of course quite categorically proven me wrong; the CD not having left my stereo for the past three months bearing witness to the fact that this is one truly exceptional album. How nice it is to be wrong sometimes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hear Wilco roar 22 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wilco are now some distance from the alt.country tag they seem to hate. Summerteeth let them flex their musical muscles, but YHF is even better. 'I Am trying To Break Your Heart' is a near-perfect opener in the vein of 'Misunderstood' or 'Sunken treasure'. Their 'pop' is a off-kilter version of Beatles Revolver and is perfect on 'Kamera', 'Pot Kettle Black' and 'War On War'.
As one reviewer pointed out, it is the other sprawling, punctuated with static, tracks that are worth even more repeated listens. '...Break Your Heart', 'Poor Places' and 'Ashes of American Flags' are heartfelt, interesting and always hold something back so you discover it on the next listen.
The musical performances are, as always, excellent, although it will be interesting to see how they cope now that the multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett has left. Jeff tweedy's vocals are close to crumbling on occasion, adding weight to lines like 'I shake like a tootache when I hear myself sing'. However, go see Wilco live and Tweedy's voice is as strong and vibrant as you hoped it could be. The album is terrific, but go see them live and you'll love the album that bit more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yankee doodle dandy 2 Jun 2004
By Cowpunk
Format:Audio CD
Well what can i say about this album that has not already been said, hmmm!
You must buy this album now, now. I could waffle on for 1000 words about the experimental sound, beautiful melodies and astounding craftsmanship/songsmithery, particularly on songs like, well all of them, but I will not insult your intelligence.

If you are reading these reviews then you are already most of the way towards buying it, I am merely here to insist that you do, my only problem with you is that you don't already have it. Get it, you will find that this decision will change your life for the better, everyone will enjoy this gem, even my mum and she likes bad bad music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tweedy's Uncompromising Sonic Beauty 17 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Since so many people have reviewed this album already, I have no illusions about saying something for the first time nor plan on repeating what has already expressed fully and well.
I do still -specially for those people reading this after listening to YFH's follow-up the also impressive "A Ghost Is Born- need to point to a couple of important things that this album show about Wilco's consistently surprising output.
This album clearly demonstrates that Jeff Tweedy's musical vision and commitment to shed songwriting skins is remarkable and an inspiration, specially in the current midst of so many Rock and Pop icons continuing to repeat themselves, who at best flavor their "butter" differently but go on churning the same formula, forgetting to take the kind of risks that made them important in the first place.
Now, unlike many people have mourned earlier, I don't think this album is an absolute departure from what Wilco has been hailed for before. Although this is not "Summerteeth" or "Being There," Tweedy's love for Pop has not been renounced, "Kamera," "Heavy Metal Drummer" and "Pot Kettle Black" proved that.
More than abandoning former song-glories, Tweedy has evolved, has taken all that he can do and pushed it further into a new atmosphere. Where Jay Bennet was so instrumental in what the albums that preceded this one sounded like, Jim O'Rourke is now Tweedy's full musical partner.
And O'Rourke is no Yoko breaking a great band -actually Yoko did not either!- but rather someone who helped Tweedy say well what he was already prepared to say. His production deepens and thrusts these songs to a higher level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new sound for one of America's great bands 10 April 2002
Format:Audio CD
During the period following Wilco's last studio release, the excellent "Summerteeth", the band fell into dispute with their record company over the more progressive nature of this album. The result was a fractious period when it looked at times as if the album would never see the light of day, destined to reside in the dusty vaults of a major label. With a new record deal, Wilco have been able to release their most experimental work to date.
The chronology, and Wilco's development as a band, runs as follows. Release a homage to the great history of American popular country-rock music ("Being There"), and follow it up with an album that seamlessly incorporated their influences into a magical mystery tour of musical genres, halfway between "indie" rock, country and electronica without actually hitting any of these styles full on. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot builds on Summerteeth's experimentation and pushes this new style to the very limits.
Opening track "I am trying to break your heart" summarises the extensions to Wilco's sound - swirling keyboards and snippets of electronic bleeps underpin a dark, sinister love song. In the same way that Big Star's later works sounded as if they could fall apart at any moment, it's difficult to see where this track is going until the conclusion sweeps the listener headfirst into Kamera. This is much more the traditional Wilco sound, but stripped down to include a full sounding acoustic guitar that drives the rhythm along. This pretty much sets the blueprint for the tracks to come, a mixture of great rock songs with unexpected arrangements.
The masterpiece of the album has to be 'Jesus Etc.', with plaintive violins holding the minimal arrangement together while Tweedy delivers possibly his most affecting (and effective) vocal performance yet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A patchy album, superbly played with a few decent songs and very well...
Over twenty listens later and no sign of " a classic album " in sight.
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Published 8 days ago by A. R. McTaggart
5.0 out of 5 stars No Reservations.
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Wilco's best record and what a mighty fine five star effort indeed (with the possible exception of Heavy Metal Drummer),,,near perfect!
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4.0 out of 5 stars So misunderstood
As most people will already know, this was a pivotal LP for Wilco. It was also a pivotal point in my love affair with Wilco. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by K. K. Jakubczyk
5.0 out of 5 stars superb but this "enhanced" version is not enhanced and seems copy...
This is superb as everyone knows. And at under £5 it is a superb price. But be careful, the "enhanced CD" I received today does not seem enhanced in any way apart from the fact... Read more
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Wilco peaked on this their fourth album. The song writing is incredibly intelligent and emotional, the inventive musicianship is better than ever and the whole is knitted together... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by Stalker
4.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sugar
This is my first experience of Wilco, and it was worth the discovering. Set to one side for the moment, the static squalls in between tracks, and listen to the songs. Read more
Published on 22 July 2010 by A. M. Cameron
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is a modern classic. From here on Wilco dominate modern rock history. This and all the following albums (A Ghost Is Born, Kicking Television, Sky Blue Sky and Wilco (The... Read more
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As any faithful music listener will attest, there is a period between buying an album and giving up on an album. Read more
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It took me a long time to come round to Wilco. I had always wrongly thought of them as a square man's Flaming Lips. Read more
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