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Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy never set out to lead a musical movement. Yet with his previous band, Uncle Tupelo, and then with Wilco, Tweedy found himself representing “alt-country,” a neo-traditionalist strain of country music that merged with guitar rock’s tough edge. But like any artist worth his dreams, Tweedy consistently questioned his role and made a conscious effort to thwart whatever limitations might come with the crown. Being There is Wilco’s second album and was formatted as a double album, two CDs each coming in around 40 minutes, declaring itself both a weighty artistic statement and a probing stylistic tour de force. “Misunderstood” begins things with guitar feedback and strings to signal that Wilco will not go quietly into the country-western night. The band finds plenty of space to politely swing with pedal steel and banjo (“Forget the Flowers,” “Someday Soon”) and sing quiet acoustic reveries (“Someone Else’s Song”), but they’re just as likely to crank up the amps like they’re the Replacements (“Outtasite (Outta Mind)”) or weep at the piano until things build to apocalypse (“Sunken Treasure”). 

Customer Reviews


One of the best and ecclectic albums in the last 20 years. Wilco hits all of the right notes with this one

At their best...THIS is Wilco!

It takes a couple listens, but this is an absolutely stunning album at all levels, musically and lyrically. Listen closely to each song ---it rocks, it aches, it moves. It sounds simplisitic in it`s production, but then that`s how Alt-Country is supposed to be. Pure. Personally, I believe this is Wilco`s finest, most listenable recording and should be considered as an American music classic.

WILCO's All Time Classic!!

When I first purchased this CD in 1997, I did'nt know what to think. It took a few listens to "get it". When you get to the end of the first disc, you realize you have just heard an American classic. It's pure Americana Rock & Roll! At the time I had'nt heard a band a band rock that good in ages, as on "Monday" and Outtasite" and even "I Got You". These songs are now staples of their live shows. Even though subsequent albums are amazing, innovative and beloved by us WILCO fans, "Being There" remains my personal favorite. Although it may sound cliche', this is possibly their "White Album" as stylistically it runs the gamut from rockers to pure pop to folksy Americana to broody experimental sounds. At the heart of all this sonic magesty are a collection of truely great songs, that can be played in any context and style and still be amazing. I absolutely cannot wait for this album to be released on vinyl in August. It is sure to be a feast for the ears.


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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