Monday, April 22, 2002
A pretty rare 10 out of 10 from the fastidious Pitchfork for the new Wilco. This is just about the only flat-out rave reallyrather has seen - plenty seem to have problems with the relentless gloominess of the material and, more particularly, Jim O'Rourke's production. Saturday's Times is fairly typical: "The production is inexplicable...YHF could have been a minor masterpiece [but] the songs descend frustratingly into pointless dissonance and feedback, for reasons which are never made clear". Today's London freesheet Metro says it sounds like it was recorded beside a motorway. Whatever, reallyrather has one record token left over from Christmas and it's probably Wilco-bound...
posted by SMc at 5:06 AM
Incidentally, the next-door review to the Wilco in that edition of The Times is a flat-out rave - John Mulvey on Dekkagar by The National Trust: "Where to begin with this astonishing record? Schooled in the rock and funk of the early Seventies, but with an originality and confidence that transcends mere revivalism...the undulating rhythms and blitzed harmonies suggest an unlikely hybrid of Curtis Mayfield and CSNY...sunshine, melancholy, cosmic grandeur...an instant classic". Crikey, maybe Jeff'll have to make do with just half that token...