June 20, 2002

I downloaded the full Yankee Hotel Foxtrot from WinMX, and listening to it, I'm coming to the same conclusion I've come to for most Wilco records: I don't like 'em as much as I know I'm supposed to. I can't put my finger on it -- I just think Tweedy's songs with Uncle Tupelo were stronger and catchier, maybe. All the experimentation on YHF is kinda fruity, and that's fine if you're, like, Pere Ubu, but these cats are a midwestern roots-rock thing, and they're gettin' too big for their overalls. It's the unpopular opinion, but I've always preferred Son Volt, particularly Wide Swing Tremolo (which I played this morning).