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Album Review

Not surprisingly, Wilco's debut album, A.M., isn't a great departure from Uncle Tupelo. Wilco's music rocks in a more conventional way than Uncle Tupelo, rolling along with a loping beat that swings more than it rocks. "Casino Queen" is a shambling, bluesy honky tonk number that's boozier than anything Tupelo recorded, which is indicative of the major difference between the bands. Wilco wears its heart on its sleeve, writing songs that fit into the conventions of country-rock, not ones that rework the rules. "Box Full of Letters" doesn't deviate from the standard mid-tempo country-rock number, yet it's done so well it doesn't matter. Still, the opener, "I Must Be High" — a clever love song that subtly tweaks both lyrical and musical clichés, as well as featuring a killer melody — casts a shadow over A.M., offering the knowledge that Wilco can subvert the genre without losing its accessibility. In its light, all the very good songs that follow seem somewhat disappointing.

Customer Reviews

Genius From The Get Go

I can't believe no one has reviewed this album. If you listen to Wilco, but for whatever reason have yet to listen to this cd, do yourself a favor and get it right now. More alt-country than Wilco's later stuff, but not as much as Uncle Tupelo, this album rocks.

This is where it started

With all the great, well-deserved press Wilco has been getting lately, don't forget this great first album. Start to finish, a great record. "I Must be High" is just a terrific song. The lyrical hook of "Box Full of Letters" is perfect. I 've had this record since it first came out in 95 and still enjoy it ervery time I listen.

The Good Roots

I've had the pleasure of knowing Wilco from their old roots here at A.M. to their new album Wilco. They are one of the great bands that have been a wonder to watch grow and expand in the musical world. Every album seems to sound completely different compared to the others. That's a rare thing to find in a band these days. But Wilco's first album holds it's place in my heart because it seems to be a bit more raw and just plain amazing. Keeping it's Uncle Tupelo origins but at the same time showing it's Wilco colors. An amazing first album from an amazing band.


Formed: 1994 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Wilco rose from the ashes of the seminal roots rock band Uncle Tupelo, which disbanded in 1994. While Jay Farrar, one of the group's two singer/songwriters, went on to form Son Volt, his ex-partner Jeff Tweedy established Wilco along with the remaining members of Tupelo's final incarnation, which included drummer Ken Coomer as well as part-time bandmates John Stirratt (bass) and Max Johnston (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and lap steel). Guitarist Jay Bennett rounded out the...
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