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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
One of the many cryptic lines on Wilco's excellent new SUMMER TEETH goes, "Speakers speaking in code." It's more meaningful than one might think. Wilco, the brainchild of ex-Uncle Tupelo bassist Jeff Tweedy, is an alt-country band whose music presents a tough code to crack -- blurring the boundaries around rock, punk, country, alternative pop, and psychedelia so brilliantly that many fans don't consider the band alt-country at all. Tweedy is a grainy, gorgeous singer who writes great songs that seem channeled in from some car-radio Valhalla. Wilco's groundbreaking 1996 album, BEING THERE, saw him take roots-rock to stylistically experimental places it had never gone ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
One of the many cryptic lines on Wilco's excellent new SUMMER TEETH goes, "Speakers speaking in code." It's more meaningful than one might think. Wilco, the brainchild of ex-Uncle Tupelo bassist Jeff Tweedy, is an alt-country band whose music presents a tough code to crack -- blurring the boundaries around rock, punk, country, alternative pop, and psychedelia so brilliantly that many fans don't consider the band alt-country at all. Tweedy is a grainy, gorgeous singer who writes great songs that seem channeled in from some car-radio Valhalla. Wilco's groundbreaking 1996 album, BEING THERE, saw him take roots-rock to stylistically experimental places it had never gone before, and SUMMER TEETH continues to homestead this uncharted territory. "Pieholden Suite" is a soft, gentle shuffle that morphs into a horn-drenched, string-soaked elegy to a first kiss that can only be described as cocktail country, while "Nothing'severgonnastandinmywayagain" is pure, potent AM pop, hand claps and all. Still, should songs like "I'm Always in Love," an up-tempo rocker hooked around a spacey synthesizer, start to befuddle alt-country purists, the rugged, disconsolate acoustic guitar on "Via Chicago" will have 'em crying in their beer. Jeff Tweedy is a rare talent, an artist who has perfected and redefined a particular style of music with graceful ease, and SUMMER TEETH is a fantastic example of how talented he is.
All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Jeff Tweedy once blazed the trail for the American rock underground's embrace of its country and folk roots, but as the decade drew to a close he also began spearheading the return of classic pop; simply put, what once were fiddles on Wilco records became violins -- the same instrument, to be sure, but viewed with a radical shift in perception and meaning. While lacking the sheer breadth and ambition of the previous Being There, Summer Teeth is the most focused Wilco effort yet, honing the lessons of the last record to forge a majestic pop sound almost completely devoid of alt-country elements. The lush string arrangements and gorgeous harmonies of tracks like "She's a Jar" and "Pieholden Suite" suggest nothing less than a landlocked Brian Wilson, while more straightforward rockers like the opening "I Can't Stand It" bear the influence of everything from R&B to psychedelia. Still, for all of the superficial warmth and beauty of the record's arrangements, Tweedy's songs are perhaps his darkest and most haunting to date, bleak domestic dramas informed by recurring themes of alienation, adultery, and abuse -- even the sunniest melodies mask moments of devastating power. If Summer Teeth has a precedent, it's peak-era Band; the album not only possesses a similar pastoral sensibility, but like Robbie Robertson and company before them, Wilco seems directly connected to a kind of American musical consciousness, not only rejuvenating our collective creative mythology, but adding new chapters to the legend with each successive record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624728221
  • Catalog Number: 47282
  • Sales rank: 12,157

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can't Stand It (3:46)
  2. 2 She's A Jar (4:43)
  3. 3 A Shot In The Arm (4:19)
  4. 4 We're Just Friends (2:44)
  5. 5 I'm Always In Love (3:41)
  6. 6 Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway (Again) (3:20)
  7. 7 Pieholden Suite (3:26)
  8. 8 How to Fight Loneliness (3:53)
  9. 9 Via Chicago (5:33)
  10. 10 ELT (3:46)
  11. 11 My Darling (3:38)
  12. 12 When You Wake Up Feeling Old (3:56)
  13. 13 Summer Teeth (3:21)
  14. 14 In A Future Age (2:57)
  15. 15 [Untitled] (0:23)
  16. 16 Candyfloss (2:57)
  17. 17 A Shot in the Arm" (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wilco Primary Artist
Jay Bennett Organ, Synthesizer, Banjo, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Bass Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Bells, farfisa organ, Lap Steel Guitar, Group Member
Ken Coomer Drums, Timpani, Group Member
Dave Crawford Trumpet
John Stirratt Bass, Background Vocals, Group Member
Jeff Tweedy Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer
Leroy Bach Piano
Bob Egan Group Member
Mark Greenberg Vibes
Technical Credits
Jay Bennett Composer
Mitch Easter Engineer
Larry Greenhill Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Stirratt Composer
Jeff Tweedy Composer
Wilco Composer, Producer
Russ Long Engineer
David Trumfio Engineer
Mike Hagler Engineer
Lawrence Azerrad Artwork
Chris Grainger Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Summerteeth Review

    Wilco's first delve into "experimental pop" is a rousing success. I pretty much love everything about this album. The beautiful, simple melody of My Darling reminds me that bands of this era are still influenced by The Beatles. The paradox between the somewhat dark lyrics and happy-go-lucky music of the title track is very easy to sing along to. And Tweedy's painful, sadistic words on Via Chicago suit nicely with the crackly guitar line. To me, this is a good example of why you can't pigeonhole this band as anything, really. Their scope and influence knows no bounds. And that is very refreshing. This isn't Nickelback singing a bunch of random, meaningless top 20 hits. While there's a place for that type of music, Wilco's effort is much deeper than anything you'll hear on the radio.

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