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The album where Wilco find their own voice
on 14 February 2002
Wilco's previous double album 'Being There', with its magpie-like borrowing from country, rock and roll and the blues, topped many critical polls and won the group a new wave of followers. Their response to this increase in popularity was to push the template out further with Summerteeth. Less country influenced, less bluesy, and more of a "conventional" rock album, Summerteeth is by turns uplifting, moving and inspiring. Replacing the acoustic guitars with effects pedals and keyboard effects, this album's musical palette is broad and at times experimental. That said, the sonic trickery never once interferes with the bedrock of quality songwriting that holds this wonderful collection together.
Jeff Tweedy's voice has never sounded more sincere or close to breaking, while the songwriting partnership of Tweedy and Jay Bennett seems to conjure songs that perfectly suit both the band's musical abilities and their lyrical preoccupations. There is nothing approaching a bad track on the album, and even the unlisted bonus tracks (Candyfloss, and an alternate take of Shot In The Arm) are of the highest quality. If 'Being There' displayed Wilco's affection for all things past, Summerteeth shows that they have the ability to record timeless rock music that owes nothing to anybody but themselves.