Wilco’s’s new album is ‘Schmilco.’ It’s the tenth album from the multi-Grammy winning band and it’s being greeted with nearly universal critical acclaim. You can see a roundup of reviews right here.
Frontman Jeff Tweedy and the band return this year with a new album, the follow up to last year’s, ‘Star Wars,’ their 9th, which was released as a surprise, and as a free download at that. It went in to nab a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.
Now more than two decades into their career — having got their start in 1994 — the alternative rock band has built a strong legacy and a fervent fan base and every new release is met with huge anticipation. The lead single, “If I Ever Was a Child” was released in July, just a few weeks after a surprise free download song, ‘Locator.’
In an interview earlier this year, Jeff Tweedy said of the new album — which the band recorded at the same time they were working on their ‘Star Wars’ album — “I think this record is ‘joyously negative.” Elaborating, he added, “It’s sad in a lot of ways but not in any that reach a conclusion of doom or hopelessness. I just had a lot of fun being sour about the things that upset me.”
Now as the album arrives in full the critics full of praise and lavish with superlatives. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.
“….Misfits of all ages should relate, and the reflective sentiment brands a deceptively pastoral Wilco record, their most folk-rockingly introspective since 2007’s Sky Blue Sky. It’s a nice follow-up to last year’s No Wave-y glam rush, Star Wars, a free surprise release that found them refreshingly noisy, energized and maybe a little bit defensive. …..” –Rolling Stone
“….Schmilco is Wilco’s most musically simple and emotionally resonant record in a decade, gorgeously naked and efficient…..” –A.V. Club
“….Who can complain about a lack of refinement from a band on their tenth LP and in their 23rd year as an act? With ‘Schmilco’, Wilco are getting funnier, more surprising and more interesting, two decades after forming. It’s a delight…..” –DIY Magazine
“…..Though the album came out of the same sessions as last year’s looser, wilder, and intentionally irreverent Star Wars, there’s now a deliberate quietness and gentleness to the core instrumentation. …..” –Consequence of Sound
“….Wilco’s 10th album is a largely acoustic affair laden with sweet melodies, autumnal production, and childhood memories that stop just short of nostalgic…..” –Pitchfork
“….Schmilco seems diffident and restrained, mostly built around the folk-rock strummings of Jeff Tweedy’s acoustic guitar, with minimal embellishments. But it’s exactly the right approach for the bitter, painfully personal songs he has written here, which address the living and the dead, the loving and the lost, and most of all Tweedy’s own furies and frustrations….” –The Independent
“…. Schmilco is also sly and great, but superficially it feels like complex, mid-life personal stocktaking. […] More than any Wilco record before, Schmilco dwells on the fact that life is funny but also heavy as hell….” –Now Magazine
“….It’s hard to convince the cool kids that this record’s quiet rebellion is worth hearing because it’s not drowned in irony or heady guitar parts or electronic sonics or whatever langue du jour. It’s simply, as mentioned, unpretentious, unassuming, and crucially, good music ….” –Pretty Much Amazing
“….Wilco has made a weird little folk record. It not only sounds different than the band’s previous album, but slightly out of step with the rest of its discography…..” –Chicago Tribune
Check back for more reviews as they arrive. And in the meantime, you can see Wilco’s Schmilco album cover art and music videos below!