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Wilco members John Stirratt and Pat Sansone have turned their side project into a well-regarded musical group capable of standing on their own. Fifteen years and five albums of solid ‘70s-influenced Laurel Canyon–flavored pop music will do that to an endeavor. At this point, there are Autumn Defense fans who've paid little attention to the duo’s day job with Wilco. For their Fifth album, AD recorded at Chicago’s Black Sheep, Minbal, and Mixon Administration studios, with all the members of the live group in attendance to create a bandlike chemistry. You could believe that songs like the opening trio—“None of This Will Matter,” “This Thing That I’ve Found," and “I Can See Your Face”—were actually heard on AM radios back in 1972, so thorough is this dedication to strong melodies, soothing harmonies, and laid-back, in-the-pocket rhythm sections topped with electric pianos and acoustic guitars. The careful arrangements and pristine musicianship throughout this suggests that musicians who would've been most valuable in previous decades can now be found on the margins.

Customer Reviews

A Kinder Gentler Wilco

It is interesting to listen to Fifth and hear how Sansone and Stirratt influence the Wilco sound. However the songs on Fifth have the sunny Laurel Canyon feel that are not as predominate on Wilco releases. Still, all fans of the pop side of Wilco like me will thoroughly enjoy Fifth.

Oh. My. God.

I can't wait for this album! The single sounds great, and hopefully it will most likely as amazing as their previous work!

Sunny day music

I bought circles back when people still use to buy CDs and to my delight I just saw the new two albums on iTunes each one gets better there are no filler songs on these two Albums every one of the songs is good👀


Formed: 2001 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Autumn Defense arrived with the 21st century, capturing colors of a bygone era. Fronted by John Stirratt, longtime member of Wilco and formerly Uncle Tupelo, the Autumn Defense is the result of a collaboration between Stirratt and musical compatriot Pat Sansone (who has worked with Joseph Arthur, Swan Dive, and Josh Rouse, to name a few). Sharing roots in the Southern rock scene of the late '80s, the two converged a decade later in New Orleans after Stirratt's completion of the Mermaid Avenue...
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