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Summerteeth

Wilco

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Summerteeth, Wilco’s third album, teeters between the band’s willingness to make radio-ready pop-rock and its quest for more experimentalism — a quest that led to Wilco’s departure from its label before the release of its next work, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. While not as “out” in tone as Yankee, Summerteeth is often unsettling in its effect. “She’s a Jar” is an emotionally complex sketch of a relationship that’s bookended with a lover’s wishes that the singer not “miss her” and not “hit her.” “I dreamed about killin’ you last night/And it felt all right to me,” the opening lines of “Via Chicago,” are likewise the kind of thing mainstream rock radio doesn’t leap at. At the same time, most of the album’s songs are marked by a dreaminess that’s hard to separate from the dark. Even an apparent hit-single attempt such as “I’m Always in Love” doesn’t make clear whether the title’s state of being is a good thing or not. Summerteeth is ultimately as challenging and rewarding as any album Wilco’s made.

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an often overlooked American classic

Wilco's third lp "summerteeth" finds the band at a crossroads. traveling further away from the alt-country stylings of previous work, here the band crafts a blend of beatles-esque pop with more esoteric, experimantal sounds ala radiohead. there is a lovely balance of heartbreak and joy here, and Jeff Tweedy has crafted some of his finest lyrics. this is the lp i play for friends when i find that they haven't heard Wilco before. a seminal work from one of America's finest bands today. an often overlooked classic.

Interesting

I have but one thing to say. Notice that "23 Seconds of Silence" is 22 seconds long. There's a profound message in this.

Some of their best work

Usually it's YHF that gets all the attention. No true Wilco fan can be complete without the 60's pop influnced Summerteeth. It contains some of Jeff Tweedy's best lyrics ("She's a Jar") while mixing it in with some of his better musical arranging ("Via Chicago"). "How to Fight Loneliness" and "My Darling" are great songs as well. Overall, it's a wonderful purchase.

Biography

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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