Wilco (The News)

Wilco has been in the news a bit lately – first with the announcement that their new album is creatively titled Wilco (The Album), then with their release of a Woody Guthrie cover on the band’s website.  And today, it’s come out that Jeff Tweedy is being sued by former member Jay Bennett over royalties from the band’s 2003 DVD I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, which was released just after his departure from the band.

Now I’m not much for the legal wrangling of a former band member, so the more important Wilco news is the details that Billboard.com has on the new album:

“Wilco (The Album)” offers a little bit of everything while making good on frontman Jeff Tweedy’s stated goal to use “the studio as another instrument.”

That approach is best heard on the nearly six-minute “Bull Black Nova,” which is built on a pulsating rhythm akin to “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” from “A Ghost Is Born” and is layered with clattering piano and unhinged, interlocking guitar workouts.

Elsewhere, Wilco offers up unusual song structures on the gauzy “Deeper Down,” which has short verses that come to a full stop and a wealth of sonic details in its nooks and crannies.

The gripping “One Wing” builds from a quiet introductory section to a strident, arena-worthy stomper, while strings and horns color the majestic final portion of album closer “Everlasting.” Premiered last year on “The Colbert Report,” opener “Wilco the Song” is a humorous, self-referential rocker with the reminder that even when life gets you down, “Wilco will love you, baby.”

Get the rest of the information over at Billboard.  If that didn’t make your Cinco de Mayo better, nothing will.

Wilco – When You Wake Up Feeling Old (mp3) from Summerteeth


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