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on 8 June 2004
This is where the Wilco story begins, and what a fine introduction to this superb band this is. This album seems to take over from where Jeff Tweedys songwriting from his later Uncle Tupelo days left off. It seems a natural progression, exploring similar themes with a countryish, almost slightly folky edge all the way throught.
Many Wilco listeners may have boarded the train when it stopped at Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, it may be difficult to jump straight from that to this and expect a seamless link, they are very different on the surface. However, if you start here and work through the albums towards YHF you will see what is happening and this album will begin to shine.
I still believe that this is Wilco's weakest album, but weak on Wilcos terms is Geoff Capes on others bands terms.
My only criticism of AM is that it tails of a bit in the middle.
The quality of the first few songs is very high.
If you have never listened to Wilco before I would recommend AM as the perfect start point, if you take this advice, then enjoy the journey it is one of the most satisfying i have ever been on.