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Cruel Country features twenty-one songs written by frontman Jeff Tweedy. The double album consists primarily of live takes recorded at The Loft, the band's recording studio in Chicago. [5] The sessions included all six Wilco members together in The Loft for the first time since The Whole Love (2011). [6] With minimal overdubbing, Tweedy compared their recording approach on Cruel Country to that which they last employed on Sky Blue Sky (2007). [5] Music and themes [ edit ] Blistein, Jon (May 10, 2022). "Wilco Strive for Understanding and Empathy on New Song 'Tired of Taking It Out on You' ". Rolling Stone . Retrieved May 10, 2022. Performer [Wilco Is] – Glenn Kotche, Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt, Mikael Jorgensen, Nels Cline, Pat Sansone a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (May 27, 2022). "Wilco: Cruel Country Album Review". Pitchfork . Retrieved May 27, 2022. As the name implies, the band’s 12th record sees Wilco do away with that reluctance and lean into country music wholeheartedly, albeit on their own terms. For the most part the tried-and-tested country music tropes are employed subtly – on ‘Mystery Binds’, for instance, the regulation slide guitar is flip-reversed into a kind of gentle psychedelia.

Selected items are only available for delivery via the Royal Mail 48® service and other items are available for delivery using this service for a charge. Gilliam, Katherine (October 18, 2022). "Wilco Announce Cruel Country Vinyl For January 2023 Release, Share New Video For "A Lifetime To Find" ". music.mxdwn.com . Retrieved January 28, 2023.

Krol, Charlotte (February 14, 2022). "Wilco are in the studio "chipping away at a new record" ". NME . Retrieved April 28, 2022. a b c Gregory, Allie (April 28, 2022). "Wilco Announce Double Album 'Cruel Country,' Share "Falling Apart (Right Now)" ". Exclaim! . Retrieved April 28, 2022. Ritchie, Matthew (May 23, 2022). "Wilco's 'Cruel Country' Is a Murky Reflection of American Identity". Exclaim! . Retrieved May 30, 2022. Offiziellecharts.de – Wilco – Cruel Country" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved January 28, 2023. Kreps, Daniel (April 28, 2022). "Wilco 'Goes Country' on New Double Album 'Cruel Country' ". Rolling Stone . Retrieved April 28, 2022.

a b Corcoran, Nina (April 28, 2022). "Wilco Announce New Album Cruel Country, Share New Song "Falling Apart (Right Now)": Listen". Pitchfork . Retrieved April 28, 2022. The album sees the band fully embracing their country music leanings. In a letter published upon the album's announcement, Jeff Tweedy wrote, "I think there's been an assumption over the years that Wilco is some sort of country band. There's a lot of evidence to support that way of thinking about our band because there have been elements of country music in everything we've ever done. But to be honest, we've never been particularly comfortable with accepting that definition of the music we make. With this album though, I'll tell you what, Wilco is digging in and calling it country." [7] Tweedy explained that the genre provided an ideal space to explore United States history: "Because it is the country I love, and because it's country music that I love, I feel a responsibility to investigate their mirrored problematic natures. I believe it's important to challenge our affections for things that are flawed." [5] Release and promotion [ edit ] Goods that are faulty or sent in error must be returned to Crash Records Limited, 35 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU within 7 working days of the item being received by the customer.


Cruel Country sounds like a band playing first and foremost for and to themselves, which means there’s a zippy energy to these songs, even the slower, sparser ones like “The Universe” and “Tonight’s The Day”. It’s invigorating to hear these musicians question how their instruments fit within the songs and rethink how Wilco does what Wilco does. “The Empty Condor” creeps along on Mikael Jorgenson’s muted piano rhythm, which adds a sense of menace and movement to the verses. The song is all push-and-pull: the lightness of Nels Cline’s guitar solo is undone by Tweedy holding his notes just a bit longer than his voice can go. That friction is all the more unsettling for being so understated. Lavin, Will (April 28, 2022). "Wilco announce new double album, 'Cruel Country' ". NME . Retrieved April 28, 2022. Pareles, Jon (May 26, 2022). "Wilco Makes an Understated Magnum Opus". The New York Times . Retrieved May 26, 2022. Jon Pareles of The New York Times deemed it an "understated magnum opus", writing, "A song can only do so much, and on Cruel Country Wilco offers no grand lesson or master plan, only observations, feelings and enigmas. Many of the album's best moments are wordless ones." [21] Year-end lists [ edit ] Publication

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