Now that it's finally here, there isn't much left to be said about Wilco's masterful Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. But it's a welcome treat just the same.
Now that it's finally here, there isn't much left to be said about Wilco's masterful Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. But it's a welcome treat just the same. For all those who missed the media hype about the band's label split over the album, ignored the praise for Yankee on many critics' top 10 lists in 2001, and failed to bootleg the set off of the Internet, take note: You'll be hard-pressed to find a more adventurous and rewarding release this year. While the album is steeped in lo-fi production and experimentation, fret not, you won't be mistaking Yankee for Radiohead's Kid A. Noodling inspired by mixer/collaborator Jim O'Rourke aside, Jeff Tweedy and crew explore everything from hints of Al Green-infused soul ("Jesus, etc.") to the use of Beatles-inflected brass sections ("I'm the Man Who Loves You"). However, very much like Radiohead, Wilco has grown creatively and sonically far beyond the band it was originally. And with all due respect to the wonderful Wilco of old, thank goodness for that.—BG