Review: Wilco – Star Wars (dBpm / Anti)

WilcoIf there is one thing that acclaimed Chicago band Wilco has taught their fans, it is to expect the unexpected. Fans of the long-running band collectively squealed with delight when the group surprisingly dropped their ninth studio record, Star Wars, for free download. When it comes to the music they make, Wilco has consistently cut a wide swath through the business via the music they create, turning in sentimental, heartfelt songs one moment while eliciting feedback-drenched tones the next. Star Wars finds the group delivering what is arguably their loosest and most fun album to date, freely indulging their penchant for the weird, the offbeat and the upbeat via fuzzed-out guitars and dissonant chords in a wonderfully controlled chaos that only gets better with repeated listens.