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Review: Wilco – The Whole Love

Today NPR featured Wilco’s The Whole Love
for a first listen, before its official release on September 27.

The Whole Love isn’t an alt-country album by any means. It’s indie rock. And it’s made it hard to believe this band ever played Americana music.

The album opens up with the atmospheric and meandering “Art of Almost” that sets the tone for an album filled with over produced, yet non-formulaic, pop songs, combined  with  seemingly haphazardly arranged sound effects. “I Might” (which was released as the album’s first single), is as Wilco front man, Jeff Tweedy described it, an “irreverent pop song.” that shows the band has abandoned their twang in favor of jangly guitars.

There’s a baroque pop feel to this album, with songs like  “Sunloathe,” which starts out with an eeriness and eclectic tone in the vain of of Van Dyke Park’s Song Cycle, but unexpectedly leads into a melody reminiscent John Lennon’s, “Real Love” and the Harry Nilsson-esque “Capitol City.”

The stand out tracks seem to be those that favor a more stripped down sound like “Open Mind” and the album’s title track, “The Whole Love,” which is pleasant and poppy but sounds a bit like what Belle and Sebastian has been doing for the past decade.

Though The Whole Love has some cool moments, it’s nothing groundbreaking.  It’s an album filled with songs that will eventually grow on the listener, but prove to be more of the same.

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