Wilco – The Whole Love (dBpm / Anti)

Wilco’s The Whole Love is arguably one of the most anticipated records of the year. It is here, on their eighth studio album that the band has perhaps struck the finest balance of the experimentation that dominated Yankee Hotel Foxtrot with the more straightforward nature of their past two studio efforts. On one side of the coin, you’ve got tracks like Art of Almost that descends into a sonic freakout by the time the seven-plus minute track ends while the Costello-inspired keyboards that guide I Might show the group hasn’t lost the knack for writing a great pop song. These two distinct dynamics of Wilco’s personality come together almost perfectly throughout The Whole Love.