|Wilco / Ode To Joy|
|Album:||Ode To Joy||Collection:||General|
|Add Date:||2020-01-22||Pull Date:||2020-03-25|
|Week Ending:||16 Feb||9 Feb||2 Feb||26 Jan|
|1.||Mon, 17 Feb:||Trish McBee|
|4.||Fri, 14 Feb:||Be Sharp|
|2.||Fri, 14 Feb:||Trainers Delight|
|5.||Thu, 13 Feb:||Old Fart|
Old Fart At Play
|3.||Fri, 14 Feb:||Francis D|
KZSU Time Traveler
|6.||Wed, 12 Feb:||DJ Stace|
“Ode To Joy” Wilco|
The Chicago-based indie rock band is back with its 11th studio album. The tone is introspective and languid through many of the tracks, reflecting on our fractured national mood. To tell his stories, lead singer-songwriter, Jeff Tweedy, employs a wide range of styles: bold folk-rock, pop, psychedelia, and even a dash of experimental noise rock. Many of the arrangements have an informal feeling — under-produced and casual reminiscent of The Beatles’ “White Album.” A solid release from the revered band.
Recommended: 9, 5, 6, 3, 4, 11, 7. FCC on Track 10.
1. (4:12) Bright Leaves — Measured beat. Draggy lead vocals. Indistinct keyboards and some warped guitar. Soft, church-like background vocals.
2. (3:23) Before Us — Another rather bleak, languorous tune — featuring picked guitar, some psych elements, and deliberate bass and drums.
3. (3:44) One And A Half Stars — Strummy and more up-tempo. Slapping beat. Some piano. But still sad and depressing lyrics. ***
4. (5:50) Quiet Amplifier — Slow fade in. Shuffling, mesmerizing train-like rhythm by drummer Glenn Kotche. Pulsing bass. Murmured lyrics. Synths filling in. Gets noisy toward the end. ***
5. (3:01) Everyone Hides — Spirited, toe-tappin’ Americana-flavored pop rock. Bumping bass. Noodling guitar. Some distant pedal steel guitar. ****
6. (3:13) White Wooden Cross — Mid-tempo. Piano and guitar, woven together in an easy-going folk-rock ballad. Nice George Harrison-like guitar in lead breaks. ***
7. (3:03) Citizens — Chugging folk rock with a stop-and-go rhythm. Some nice strings flowing under. ***
8. (4:58) We Were Lucky — Plodding march with Tweedy singing in falsetto. Faint guitar under the verses — becoming intricate electric solos by Nels Cline in the lead breaks.
9. (3:34) Love Is Everywhere (Beware) — Starts as a rolling waltz. Soon employs a swaying rhythm and captivating, chiming guitar triplets. Lofty, lilting vocals. The single. ****
10. (3:59) Hold Me Anyway — FCC: “F-ck” Strummy and spare. Simple rapping rhythm. Piano. Fuzz guitar in lead break.
11. (3:49) An Empty Corner — Slow, swinging closer. Thudding rhythm. Tinkling keys. Some noise like a distant jackhammer — all layered along with Tweedy’s crooning vocals. ***
|1.||Bright Leaves||6.||White Wooden Cross|
|3.||One And A Half Stars||8.||We Were Lucky|
|4.||Quiet Amplifier||9.||Love Is Everywhere (Beware)|
|5.||Everyone Hides||10.||Hold Me Anyway|
|11.||An Empty Corner|