Review: Wilco, ‘Wilco (The Album)’

Wilco, ‘Wilco (The Album)’: Aidin Vaziri | Even on his band’s seventh studio album, Jeff Tweedy is feeling restless. After making it through more than a decade of personnel shakeups, addiction to painkillers and general industry baloney, the only thing the front man hasn’t sorted out at this point is what Wilco is supposed to sound like. Fortunately, his songs are generally so engaging it hardly matters. The Chicago group’s new self-titled set is an endearing mess, veering from the goofy, satin-jacketed pop of “Wilco (the Song)” to the blinkered six-minute jam “Bull Black Nova” – a clear descendant of live favorite “Spiders (Kidsmoke)” – before easing back into more familiar terrain with emotive late-night meditations such as “One Wing” and “Country Disappeared.” If it’s not quite as indispensable as some of the band’s earlier releases – out of a trim 11 tracks, at least two feel like straight-up throwaways – Tweedy still makes a compelling case for adding an album with a camel in a party hat on its cover to your collection.

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