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The Autumn Defense — Wilco’s John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone and an ever changing guestlist – play music that's strong in melody, tight in performance and sweet on the ear. Their music is often likened to the soothing tones of the early-‘70s lite-rock movement and there is certainly more than a little taste of Bread and Badfinger influences here. However, there is nothing retro about their approach. Harmonies and tunes are timeless and the Autumn Defense tap into that spring of eternal joy. “Back of My Mind” reaches for sublime falsetto harmonies. “Allow Me” slowly lopes with a lilting sorrow. “Tell Me What You Want” crafts perfect in-step acoustic guitars and tight drum rhythms. “Huntington Fair” features an elliptical melody that sweeps through the streets with festive steps. The title track is centered on some nicely finer-picked guitar lines. “The Swallows of London Town” picks up the pace for a quick jaunt. “There Will Always Be a Way” ends things on an even-paced note, where the strains of mellotron and pianos smooth the edges for true bliss.

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Have you ever listened to classic 70s rock? The Autumn Defense is very reminiscent of that. Just because it doesn't scream Neon Trees or Nickelback, doesn't mean it's not rock. It's taking what was so great about the 70s and brining it back to our day. Come on people, don't be so ignorant.

I absolutely love The Autumn Defense. Keep making music and I'll keep buying it!

P.S. talk to Jeff Tweedy about whether or not he considers this rock. He's the lead singer of Wilco, a well-known ROCK band. Not to mention, the artists who make up the band "The Autumn Defense" are also a part of Wilco.

Soft rock

Who cares what genre?! its great music!

Once Around

Hey guess what ?? I'm sick of nickelback and all this KROCk "modern rock" regurgitated 80's crap metal being called rock..or even being called music for that matter.. talentless crap. you think this is categorized wrong, but nobody suggested where it should go, right? Was Crosby, Stills and Nash rock? Just checking. You ignorant punks. This is an amazing album with stories, melodies and harmonies. I know its not as insightful and thought provoking as "crazy bi#c h" but give it some credit. one more thing...enough with the tribal tats you ignorant loser tapout wannabes


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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