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Album Review

Jeff Tweedy once blazed the trail for the American rock underground's embrace of its country and folk roots, but as the decade drew to a close he also began spearheading the return of classic pop; simply put, what once were fiddles on Wilco records became violins — the same instrument, to be sure, but viewed with a radical shift in perception and meaning. While lacking the sheer breadth and ambition of the previous Being There, Summer Teeth is the most focused Wilco effort yet, honing the lessons of the last record to forge a majestic pop sound almost completely devoid of alt-country elements. The lush string arrangements and gorgeous harmonies of tracks like "She's a Jar" and "Pieholden Suite" suggest nothing less than a landlocked Brian Wilson, while more straightforward rockers like the opening "I Can't Stand It" bear the influence of everything from R&B to psychedelia. Still, for all of the superficial warmth and beauty of the record's arrangements, Tweedy's songs are perhaps his darkest and most haunting to date, bleak domestic dramas informed by recurring themes of alienation, adultery, and abuse — even the sunniest melodies mask moments of devastating power. If Summer Teeth has a precedent, it's peak-era Band; the album not only possesses a similar pastoral sensibility, but like Robbie Robertson and company before them, Wilco seems directly connected to a kind of American musical consciousness, not only rejuvenating our collective creative mythology, but adding new chapters to the legend with each successive record.

Customer Reviews

Bloodier than Blood

This album is a masterpiece. And I’m sure it’s easy to dismiss that statement because there are thousands of favorite albums out there described as “masterpieces” by their biggest fans. But let me be clear: the quality of this album is rare. It’s not just that there’s no filler and it’s not just that every track is a total work of art. What elevates Summerteeth above so much else I’ve listened to is how the album flows impeccably, without a single hitch. Wilco brings you up and then down and then back up again - it’s a bit of a roller coaster, but you never feel like there’s any chance you’ll lose your hat. It’s not just a simple alternation of happy and sad songs to keep the reader interested - it’s a careful, thought out, natural journey.

I could go through all the songs in detail, but I don’t want to ruin it. Buy this album. Find out for yourself.

Incredible

What can I say about this album? It is a journey from beginning to end, touching different genres, lyrical content, emotions, etc, the entire way through. What makes it even more impressive is that there are no "skippable" songs on such a long album. Each songs belongs on Summerteeth in its own way.
Personal favorites: "A Shot in the Arm," "Summer Teeth," "ELT," "How to Fight Loneliness." And I love every other song on this album. It's a pop album, a rock album, an acoustic album, an experimental/psychedlic album, and every moment adds to the album in its own way.

Summerteeth

"She's a Jar... with a heavy lid". This song is amazing. I love this whole album!

Biography

Formed: 1994 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

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

Debuting as a rough-and-tumble alt-country act and evolving into a mature and eclectic indie rock ensemble, 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...
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