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  • Audio CD (13 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B000E6EO1Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Following the same freewheeling, jam-like approach of its predecessor (the excellent, if somewhat sprawling Loose Fur), Born Again In The USA, is one of the most varied, intelligent and fun albums this writer has heard in a while. All the more impressive, then, that the musicians involved still refuse to be termed 'a band' and insist on Loose Fur's status as strictly a side project.

For the uninitiated, the musicians in question are Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche of Wilco and Jim O'Rourke of Sonic Youth, who also produced Wilco's finest hour, Yankee Foxtrot Hotel. O'Rourke has always been hard to pin down, but with Wilco gradually becoming more restrained and more focussed, it's clear that Tweedy now sees Loose Fur as the place to relax, have fun and let his musical impulses run amok.

There's a laidback late-'60s/early-'70s feel to the early procession of Tweedy-sung songs that open the album. Hey Chicken procures the groove of Stealers Wheel's Stuck In The Middle With You, adds a cowbell and becomes probably the greatest opening track of the year so far, featuring kind of rollicking riffs that Wilco used to make in the early-'90s. The Ruling Class, meanwhile, is a twangy, delightfully throwaway track that waggishly wonders about the return of Jesus, "Christ is on his way across town / He was getting tired of hanging around / Yeah, he's back, Jack, smoking crack / Find him if you wanna be found." It's not the last time that Loose Fur thumb their nose at religion; later, on Thou Shalt Wilt - a cheeky, satirical take on the Ten Commandments - O'Rourke quips, "Number four is such a pain, this Sabbath thing is so arcane / I don't want to desecrate, my only day to sleep in late."

O'Rourke's three songs are, on the whole, more varied than Tweedy's.
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Genius. If you worship at the alter of Tweedy andd/or Wilco then this is a must have. A little more edgy and experimental than most Wilco albums but none the worse for it!
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it is nice to here an album where you think.. yeah these guys had fun making this. Right from the catchy opener hey chicken to the classic and best track though shoult wilt this is a must for all wilco fans (you dont need to read this as you will already have it).
For people new to this if you like MUSIC then you will like this.
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What is this, sounds like Wilco, well of course, Tweedy does the singing and so do O'Rourke on some songs. This songs would fit on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, amazingly good album.
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HASH(0x9845e108) out of 5 stars A Tasty Little Treat 22 Mar. 2006
By A. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've just listened to this record twice and it really surprised me. The last Loose Fur record played liked Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's laid back cousin -- great songs done in extended acoustic jamming style with all the electronic flourishes but a sunny, stoned disposition. It was a revelation of relaxation. This record leans more toward songcraft, but there are a few excellent moments of pure chillin'. What is here that was missing last time around are tightly arranged tunes: what was a shambling, shiny, beautiful mess on the last record is more focused and succint. This makes sense when you think about it: the first Loose Fur record was recorded during the YHF sessions -- that record is focused and precise......this new Loose Fur record follows A Ghost is Born which is itself a shambling, shiny beautiful mess...anyway, my point is that Tweedy is using the Loose Fur project as a way to express himself in ways that don't fall into the parameter of Wilco (if Wilco indeed has paramenters). And anyway that Jeff Tweedy decides to express himself is gonna be good. As a side note, Tweedy plays a lot of bass on this record and he smokes....remember when he was the bass player for Uncle Tupelo? No? This will remind you!
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HASH(0x9845e15c) out of 5 stars The Packaging is Worth the Price of the Album Alone 8 April 2006
By Zachary A. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Oh yeah and pretty much every song is a gem. I don't know why I like the vaguely racy cartoons in the foldout as much as I do, maybe because they're all done in pencil and some are reminiscent of old Playboys. Just unique. Then the band photos. Tweedy, Kotche, and O'Rourke all play "mental" ten times over, each song showing the same goofball photo and the instruments they play on it.

But lest you think it isn't about the music. Call it Wilco math rock in some spots. "Apostolic" goes through some winding shifts and ends up making some nice comments on religion (there are a few more religious commentaries on this CD--so interesting to find out what goes on beneath the Wilco zeitgeist). It's not all about the religion and time shifts here. The instrumental harmonies are stunning on "Apostolic"; it switches back and forth from lushness to jaggedness. Absoute ear candy.

"Stupid As the Sun" has a weird math rock march feel that lurches through Jim O'Rourke's smart screed. It's really sweet. Jim Kotche has some stunning drumming on this. Again, varied and intricate. Why doesn't it ever get this complicated on Wilco albums? I'm waiting. That's right, you read me Wilco.

"Pretty Sparks" is fun, but no spark ever exactly materializes. Part of why I can't give this album a five, as much as I want to (your career hangs on my five, Loose Fur, whether or not you actually know it--that's right, there's a contingent of delusional Wilco fans out there, as if you didn't know).

"Thou Shalt Wilt" is another brainteaser from Jim. The music sounds like Sesame Street. It's a song about the virtues of the numbers between and 1 and 10. The music is sweet. "Still, look at number eight,/ what a better way to procreate." Such silly and flip lyrics don't usually give chills up and down my spine (tho' the chills are not exactly on the order of "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," say--just chills at the success of their audacity, wittiness, and instrumental bravado; still quite the accomplishment).

Right now, my favorite is "Wreckroom." Again it is all over the place. It sorts of begins where "Reservations" ends at the end of YHF. This is one that takes several minutes to fade in; it has several minutes of cascading torrents of guitar coming from Jeff & Jim that intersperse with Jeffs plaintive observations; then it fades out with some great analog sounds courtesy of Jim. Absolutely blissful.

If you both like Wilco and like to hear what an even more experimental artist like O'Rourke sounds like with Wilco's drummer and leader (and he mixes and engineers this one, too, like he does Wilco's last few), then you should absolutely buy this one. Even if this isn't the case, you'd be awfully unadventurous to not go out on a limb and get something as absolutely expansive and provocative as this.
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HASH(0x98538168) out of 5 stars Get your Tweedy fix 8 Oct. 2006
By T. Janci - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Wilco fan for years, and love everything Wilco related. But no side projection/incarnation has captivated me the way the Loose Fur project has. The Tweedy/O'Rourke combination is unmatched in indy rock today, in my opinion. In a time when any yahoo can make a record in their bedroom with plug-ins and the like, the Loose Fur records are minimal-production marvels that allow the songs to speak for themselves. And they are amazing songs. In many ways (and I expect a ton of flack for this), better than some of the recent Wilco stuff.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9845e3e4) out of 5 stars Great pop 17 May 2007
By Jeffrey Bowyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
***1/2 - I really hesitated picking this up after being so disappointed in A Ghost is Born, but I'm glad I did. Most of the songs come in at around 3 minutes, which is part of their charm. This is good, fun, breezy pop rock. And given the material, I don't even mind O'Rourke's voice all that much. Somehow it fits on "Answers to Your Questions", which offers a nice slower tempo song amidst the lighter tunes around it.

The only reason I didn't give it 4 stars is because of "Wreckroom", which features great 70s style guitar work but is eventually marred by the irritating wall of noise guitar style that, for me, ruined much of Ghost. Take that out and lop off the last 4 minutes of the song, and it would be my favorite song on the CD.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9845e624) out of 5 stars Invited to the Party 24 Mar. 2006
By Ben Up the Tree - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When I first saw Loose Fur it was at their first show playing together at St. Annes Warehouse in Brooklyn New York. They mounted the stage with such flair that I knew this was going to be a concert I would always remember... Jeff Tweedy, Jim O'Rourk, and Kottke came onstage to glorious applause. Jeff Tweedy thanked the audience for coming out to the show and started playing a beautifully heart-wrenching song that almost instantly spiraled out of control into a collage of noise and guitar noodling.

It sounded like the lads were throwing a party for themselves and no-one else was invited.

In walks in Born Again in the USA. This album is a complete departure to the Loose Fur of yesteryear. The album is delicate and sincerely crafted. Each song is different and inventive in it's progression. The lyrics are sublime and intoxicating, on "The Ruling Class" Tweedy sings "So son you better turn around/ Yeah Christ is on his way across town/ He was getting tired of hanging around/ Yeah he's back Jack smoking crack find him if you want to be found."

Even the 8:34 minute instrumental piece Wreckdom is intensely interesting and enjoyable, without pushing a listeners buttons for too long.

Where A Ghost is Born failed to congeal into a cohesive album and had places which reminded me of the noodling of Loose Fur, Born Again in the USA reminds me of the cohesiveness of earlier Summer Teeth Wilco.

All In all, this album is a true accomplishment of well crafted song writing and balanced distribution of singing between Jim and Jeff. It is a fantastic record, which finally invites Loose Fur fans to the party.
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