Is Wilco’s Alt-Country Revival ‘Schmilco’ Something To Scoff At? — Album Review

Wilco just released their 10th studio album, ‘Schmilco.’ But is Jeff Tweedy & Co.’s alt-country revival something to scoff at? Watch our review to find out.

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SOUNDS LIKE
• Wilco turns down and tunes into the nostalgia of growing up
• Wilco somewhere between Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born

HIGHLIGHTS
• Acoustic album, but not slow, making it an exceptionally strong acoustic album
• Great lyrics – very reflective and contemplative and honest, but still with plenty of teeth – Happiness, We Aren’t the World (Safety Girl)
• Innovation/experimentation versus restrained acoustic sound

LOWLIGHTS
• Feels too restrained overall – we’re all for going in new directions, but some of these feel like they should open up more
• Almost sounds unfinished, like they meant to come back and flesh these songs out more (Common Sense, Quarters)

OVERALL RATING
Derek: 3/5
Kevin: 2/5

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Wilco — Schmilco — Album Review
Episode #258 — Published 9/15/16

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Comments

David Bateman says:

How do you not even mention the songs Locator and Nope? I’ve been listening to Wilco for 25 years and if the rest of this album would have had THAT SOUND and had similar lyrics of those two songs, it would probably be my favorite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqPawvEXy98, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4uczSDlXCM

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