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Having hinted at their art-rock ambitions on 1999’s Summerteeth, Wilco goes all in here. For every nod to the winsome songcraft of Bob Dylan, there's a burst of avant-noise rock or a bloom of psychedelic freakiness. Strings, slide guitar, synths, glockenspiel—the group leaves no sound unturned. The spirited pageant is anchored by the weathered vocals of Jeff Tweedy, who mixes free-associative lyrics with poignant observations of angst and despair. As he states plainly, he's "trying to break your heart.”

Customer Reviews


That's the best way to describe the songs. They're emotive. They capture a feeling. Anyone that's ever really listened to this album feels this attachment to it.

Such the best

This is one of my favorite albums in the world. It grew on me over time to be honest. The connections form and sink in. If you like alternative in general, this album is for you.

A Very Dense Album

I didn't understand Yankee Hotel Foxtrot my first time through it. I was confounded by it, as the only "single" type song is buried in the meat of the album (Heavy Metal Drummer). You can't go in expecting it to be anything like what you've heard before, because similar to Kid A, it throws things at you out of left field. If you can tough out the initial oddity of the sound, you'll be captivated by the intricate emotional compositions gradually after each listen. I haven't listened to it in a while, because I got into Wilco at a time I don't like to reflect on. What I do remember, is turning on "I am Trying to Break Your Heart" and just beaming at sound of Tweedy's transparent earnestness. It's crazy that an album can be so warm at times but encapsulate a theme of emptiness (like a transmission sent out to never be heard)


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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