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Wilco (The Album)

Wilco
Nonesuch

Not surprisingly, intricate melodies and thought-provoking lyrics abound on Wilco’s latest. Co-produced by the band and Jim Scott, Wilco (The Album) echoes the subtle beauty of Sky Blue Sky, and (a fact not to be taken for granted) it also features the same great line-up as its acclaimed predecessor.
    From the opening silliness of “Wilco (The Song)” to the profound set closer “Everlasting Everything,” there is something here for everyone. Canadian songbird Feist shows up for an unexpected guest appearance on “You and I.” And were it not widely known that George Harrison died eight years ago, you’d swear that he makes a cameo on the catchy lead single “You Never Know.” Still, this release is quintessential Wilco, and the early standout is the gorgeous “I’ll Fight,” which sounds like it would have been at home on either of the group’s celebrated Mermaid Avenue records.
    Though it may take a few spins to truly appreciate the full effect, the 11 cuts on this disc are sure to reward the patient listener with a “Sunny Feeling” in the end.