Stream the New Wilco Album, The Whole Love

NPR is streaming the new Wilco album, The Whole Love this week.

On one hand, The Whole Love is Wilco’s most adventurous record in a decade. The band is back to playing with polyrhythms and structure, often abandoning typical verse-and-chorus lines for less linear and more surprising songs. But they also include cuts that would fit comfortably on some of the band’s earliest records. The Whole Love‘s seven-minute opener, “Art of Almost,” is an epic, sprawling, magnificently disjointed song full of strange textures and unexpected twists. But it’s followed by “I Might,” a candy-flavored pop song like something from 1999’s Summerteeth. In “Dawned on Me,” dark, thrashing guitars clash with delicate vocals and a lovely, hopeful melody. “Born Alone” is one of the catchiest songs Wilco has ever produced, while “Capitol City” has an almost goofy shuffle like something from an early Randy Newman record — not that there’s anything wrong with that. The Whole Love closes with “One Sunday Morning,” a moving 12-minute meditation on growing old and battling inner demons, the strained relationship between a father and son, and the weight of bitter regret.

Sounds good. Probably listen to it tonight.

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