Whole Love

Whole Love

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For Wilco, The Whole Love represents more than just the eighth studio album from this innovative Chicago rock band. It signifies yet another new chapter in the band’s constantly evolving, enduring, and storied career. Just as their departure from Warner Bros. for the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot created a thrilling story, now The Whole Love, onSee more details below

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For Wilco, The Whole Love represents more than just the eighth studio album from this innovative Chicago rock band. It signifies yet another new chapter in the band’s constantly evolving, enduring, and storied career. Just as their departure from Warner Bros. for the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot created a thrilling story, now The Whole Love, on their newly launched dBpm Records, sets one of contemporary music's most creative and independent-minded bands on a wide open road.

Recorded in their northside Chicago loft, the 12 new songs on The Whole Love capture the balance between the band’s art sensibilities, their fondness traditional American music, and their love of classic guitar-driven pop rock. The Whole Love is a veritable sonic stew, showcasing Wilco’s far-reaching musical prowess (multiple guitars, keyboards, synthesizers, and percussion, plus Mellotron, strings, loops, and more) perfectly accompanying Jeff Tweedy’s provocative and insightful lyrics. From the Label

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
With 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco finally shed the "that guy from Uncle Tupelo" baggage that had kept them from gaining the respect they clearly deserved, and Jeff Tweedy gained the confidence to follow his muse in previously unfamiliar directions with increasingly rewarding results. But with so much space now open to Tweedy and his collaborators, Wilco's post-YHF studio work, while often brilliant, didn't seem quite as cohesive as Being There or Summerteeth, albums that were eclectic but revealed a unified core the newer albums somehow lacked. Part of this can be chalked up to frequent lineup changes, and the group seemed to be shaking this dilemma on Wilco (The Album), the second studio set from the band's strongest lineup to date, and with The Whole Love, they've finally made another album that pays off with the strength, consistency, and coherence of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Like YHF, The Whole Love is the work of a band that's stylistically up for anything, from the edgy dissonance of "The Art of Almost" and the moody contemplation of "Black Moon," to the ragged but spirited pop of "I Might" and the cocky rock-and-roll strut of "Standing O," but more so than anything the band has done since Being There, The Whole Love sounds like Wilco are having fun with their musical shape-shifting. Even somber numbers like "Rising Red Lung" have a heart and soul that's warm and compelling, and these musicians consistently hit their targets both as individuals and as an ensemble; Mikael Jorgensen's keyboards bring a playful whimsy to songs that could sometimes use it, the guitar interplay between Tweedy, Nels Cline, and Pat Sansone never stops bubbling with great ideas, and bassist John Stirratt and drummer Glenn Kotche hold down the rhythm with equal parts of imagination and precision. With The Whole Love, Wilco have made an album where the whole is as strong as the individual parts: the musicians play off one another with the intuition and understanding that separates a real band rather than folks who simply work together, and the songs cohere into a whole that's rich, intelligent, and often genuinely moving. Quite simply, this is the work of a great band at the peak of their powers, and The Whole Love is a joy to hear, revealing more with each listen and confirming once again that Wilco is as good a band as America can claim in the 21st century.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Anti
UPC:
0045778715626
catalogNumber:
87156
Rank:
11091

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilco   Primary Artist
Nels Cline   Dobro,Electric Guitar,Ukulele,Slide Guitar,Loops,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric),Group Member
John Stirratt   Group Member
Jeff Tweedy   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Glenn Kotche   Percussion,Drums,Cimbalom,Siren,Group Member
Patrick Sansone   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Ukulele,Vocals,Mellotron,Vibes,Group Member
Nicholas Photinos   Cello
Mikael Jorgensen   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Sampling,Wurlitzer,Guzheng,Group Member
Matt Albert   Violin,Viola

Technical Credits

Jeff Tweedy   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Graphic Design
Tom Schick   Producer,Engineer
Lawrence Azerrad   Graphic Design
Glenn Kotche   Field Recording
Patrick Sansone   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Music Stand
Paul Boswell   Booking
Tony Margherita   Management
Dennis Crommett   Management
Mikael Jorgensen   Programming,Back Cover Photo
Frank Riley   Booking
Benjamin Levin   Management
Jason Tobias   Studio Manager
Deb Bernardini   Publicity
Harrison Green   Management
D'Amelio Terras   Artwork
Christina Ceruti   Management
Brandy Breaux-Simkins   Management
Joanne Greenbaum   Artwork

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