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'severgonnastandinmyway(again)" 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.
|Label:||Reprise / Wea|
Performance CreditsWilco 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 CreditsJay Bennett Composer
Mitch Easter Engineer
Larry Greenhill Engineer
John Stirratt Composer
Jeff Tweedy Composer
Russ Long Engineer
Mike Hagler Engineer
Lawrence Azerrad Artwork
Chris Grainger Engineer
Dave Trumfio Engineer
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Summerteeth based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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.