Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wilco's Schmilco


Pitchfork's Sam Sodomsky calls Wilco's Schmilco, with its with its cover reminiscent of one of Black Flag's, "a largely acoustic affair laden with sweet melodies, autumnal production, and childhood memories that stop just short of nostalgic" — Wilco: Schmilco. Writes the reviewer:
    The songs on Schmilco are wistful and quaint, zooming in on bittersweet moments with a novelistic eye for detail. In “Normal American Kids,” Tweedy recounts a suburban adolescence spent awkward, angsty, and stoned.
Indeed. Getting the album on vinyl, under the tree, even though I had picked it out, brought back adolescent vinyl memories of Pink Floyd's The Wall, gift from my granny, and Hüsker Dü's Zen Arcade, a mail-order gift from SST Records to myself, two double albums that invited me to pour over the lyrics and the art in a way the CD's, even nicely packaged box sets, never would.

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