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As headlines to wake up to go, there are few better than "Surprise free Wilco album." Produced by Jeff Tweedy and Tom Schick, Wilco's ninth release was a surprise free download on the Chicago band's website for a limited time. Here we have the 180-gram vinyl version, resplendent from its awesomely kitschy cat painting adorning the jacket to the 11 tracks that continue to push the sonic envelope with an unruly refusal to sit comfortably in one place for too long. Wilco's adventuresome yet consistently tuneful music says that it's normal and sometimes glorious to misunderstand and be misunderstood. As they've kept chugging into middle age, this core artistic premise has often been obscured, writes The Atlantic, by the dismissive description "dad-rock," factually accurate though it may be (after all, Tweedy recently put out a record with his teenage son). Star Wars, the band's ninth album, released by surprise and initially for free on the Internet, reminds that Wilco aren't just reliable, safe rockers; they're some of the most generous experimentalists to ever pick up guitars.
Wilco - "Star Wars" ..... Online Price $28.80