Written By Braddon S. Williams
Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001-02) is an interesting tale of a record company (Reprise) failing to recognize a piece of art and refusing to release it, subsequently selling the rights back to the band. Wilco wound up streaming the album for free, then signed with a new label and officially released the album, which went on to be their biggest seller…pretty cool.
Wilco has drawn comparisons to Radiohead in regard to their tendency for sonic experimentation, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is an album that rewards the listener for repeated plays (preferably with headphones).
Jeff Tweedy writes and sings with sometimes deceptive simplicity, but the lush production brings out so many minute details that creep into your brain after several repeats.
Some of my personal favorites include I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Ashes Of American Flags, Kamera, Heavy Metal Drummer, I’m The Man Who Loves You, and Jesus, Etc.
Wilco are on my bucket list of bands I would really like to see live, but even if it never happens, they sure do make some amazing music in the studio.