Wilco – Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch / Warner Music Canada)

wilco.jpgAfter taking a delicious detour back towards their rootsy beginnings on 2007’s Sky Blue Sky, Wilco settle into a groove which combines the various musical styles of their previous records while still moving the band forward with gusto.

Opening track Wilco (The Song) is a masterful way to start the record; this loosely woven rock song leads into the more obscure-sounding Deeper Down. Canuck songstress Feist lends her sweet vocals to the easy-going You and I before moving onto You Never Know, a track that at times combines the influences of George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord and Tom Petty’s Jammin’ Me with Wilco’s own twist. Tracks like the intimate Country Disappeared and Solitaire as well as Sonny Feeling and the slow burning album closer Everlasting Everything show why Wilco have carte blanche when it comes to making records these days.

It’s going to be tough for any other band to beat this for the title of album of the year.

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