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hear Wilco roar,
By A Customer
This review is from: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (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.