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Being There

Wilco

1996

Being There

Album Summary

Being There is the second studio album by the American alternative rock band Wilco, released on October 29, 1996, by Reprise Records. Despite its release as a double album, Being There was sold at a single album price as a result of a deal between lead singer Jeff Tweedy and the band's label Reprise Records. The album was an improvement for the band in both sales and critical reception, in contrast to their debut album A.M. (1995). Taking its name from the 1979 film of the same name, the self-produced album featured more surrealistic and introspective writing than on A.M. This was due in part to several significant changes in Tweedy's life, including the birth of his first child. Musically, it juxtaposed the alternative country styles songs reminiscent of Uncle Tupelo with psychedelic, surreal songs. It was the only Wilco album with steel guitarist Bob Egan, their first with multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett and their last with multi-instrumentalist Max Johnston.

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Rating

3.23

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4600

Genres

  • Country
  • Rock
  • Indie
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A l b u m w a a a a a a a a a a a a y t o o o o o o o o o l o o o o o o o o o o n g . There are some good nuggets here and some bad. When I told myself that this thing has to fucking be over by now, there were still 4 1/2 songs to go. U g g g g g g h h h h h h h ! I bailed on the last song because it was bed time.

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I'm sure there's a time and a place I'll enjoy that album. Yesterday wasn't it.

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5

Absolutely love this album, possibly one of my all time favourites. Not a bad song here

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5

Loved loved loved it

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5

this is my first time listening to Wilco. I've heard their name before, but never listened, this is a great record to be introduced to them by. I even Recommended my friend Kingpin, He diggs it.

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5

Definitely one of the most important records of the 90s. Not many bands can say they’ve been ripped off by punk, country, and rock bands.

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I know this Wilco album the least, I think because it really hasn't ever grabbed me. Nice listen, but not what represents what I love about them. 7/10 but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt :)

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I start to like Wilco the further they get away from the alt country thing. They're starting to step away from that here but it still shows up throughout. I became aware of them around Summerteeth and am more a fan of that album and what came after. They have some songs I really like but I don't love them for a whole album. What I do like about Jeff Tweedy is that he's not necessarily tied to a particular sound and is open to experimentation. The further he leans in on that, generally, the more I like it. Otherwise I think you end up with some very average indie pop/rock. Man, this a long album. This definitely could've used some more editing. The more I listen to this the more Jeff Tweedy's voice and lyrics are starting to grate on me. Definitely better in smaller doses. You know what, I was going to give this album a 3 but the longer this drags on it just feels like a burden.

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I like a few Wilco tracks, but none are on this album

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Guitar-based rock so I ought to like this, but it's utterly uninspiring. Poor songs. Like a college band that's just somehow got access to a recording studio and a producer. So it sounds like a bunch of perfectly competent musicians, playing nondescript songs very well. What on earth made anyone think there were enough adequate songs for a double album? The more I listen, the less I like it. I can go to any number of local pubs and hear songs as good or better than this.

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5

The best Wilco. A near-perfect record.

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5

War toll ist toll bleibt toll

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5

An all-time favorite. Probably the best alternative country album ever (and Wilco’s last really alt-country record).

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5

All timer

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5

5/5 - Actually excellent

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5

- joyous with range - strong instrumentation, folk roots but rocky punk vibe - lots of likes, will be re-visiting

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5

Classic Wilco

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5

amazing album. first disc only slightly better than the second. first 7 songs really hit.

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5

Great album by one of my favorite bands. Although probably my least favorite out of the first 4 albums, it is still one of my favorite albums period. Love the country sound and the steel guitar elements. 5/5

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5

Sometimes the whole thing sounds like it's about to fall apart but then the spit and sawdust keeps it together. Wilco begin to stretch their alt-country legs by flexing out in to classic rock stax, folk, blues and alt-rock and snap a few tendons in the process. Best Tracks: Misunderstood; Monday; Kingpin

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acho q eu não daria 5 estrelas se não fosse o review do miyake ((mas não daria menos de 4

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5

wilco da 🐐 no 🧢

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5

Twangy

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5

One of the GOATs

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5

I got this album on release. A couple of funny things: 1) I thought it was their debut album and 2) I didn’t remember it was double CD. As I said on the last Wilco album we reviewed, their up tempo songs are easy to like and the ballads take a few listens to figure out but once the time is invested they are also pretty good. I think this album has the best up tempo songs they have made. Songs like Outtasight Outta mind, I Got You, the country song Dreamer in my Dreams and my all-time favourite Wilco song Kingpin. Since I’ve listened to this album many times I also really like the ballads such as Misunderstood and Was I in your Dreams. I like every song really. This album highlights the positive influence Jay Bennet had on the band and his parting ways with Jeff was a major loss. This was the best album from the JB era and their best album overall.

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5

Оч круто, правда невероятно долгий альбом

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5

Really good.

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5

I never heard this before and really enjoyed this album. It felt like a more modern version of Exile on Main Street, in that you can hear alternative rock, country, folk, and bluesy numbers all back to back (plus “Monday” sounds like it could have actually been on Exile). This album was a great blend of different types of American music and kept me engaged. Plus Hotel Arizona sounds like our song Cracked at the end. I will be checking out more Wilco music.

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5

Great album. It’s been awhile since I had listened to it and it keeps getting better with time

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Gorgeous, moving music

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5

Love Wilco

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4

Reasonable amercan folk country style

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4

What a fuckin great album, just vibes as hell. Upbeat let’s go

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4

not my favorite, I couldn’t finish it. I liked “kimberly” though

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Wat better than their other album on here. Enjoyed it

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4

Not my favorite Wilco record, but top five for sure. Definitely too long, though.

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4

Found a Boogie Monster outro riff

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4

pretty nice got a bit meh for me

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I really really really enjoyed the first song and even the first few songs but after that it was very inconsistent between nice and sad and lacklustre and country ew

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very nice album liked it a lot.

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Easy to listen to and overall enjoyable.

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Calm and chill. Like

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4

I haven't been much of a fan of Wilco in the past, but this album was pretty good.

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Monday y outta mind

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4

It is too long and not everything is at same level of inspiration, but altogether is one of those albums which makes you regain confidence in rock as a genre

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4

Not their best but revolutionary in its own way. Wilco does patience better than most rock bands of their time and this is one patient album. Mixed to the gods per usual

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4

Very mellow, good album

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Never heard of Wilco before today. Nice mellow alternative & country sound.

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4

Am biased because I was already a Wilco fan. Shave 25 minutes off this and it's a 5.

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Bisher die Entdeckung der Liste!

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Očekivao sam da će biti dosta slabiji od Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, ali sam se prevario. Jako dobar album sa kombinacijom alternative i country-a, i gdje bi taj album pasao negdje da ga slušam na zapadu u nekom napuštenom gradiću, dok sunce piči, a ljeti još ni blizu kraja. S obzirom da je dosta teško napraviti dobar, a kamoli odličan double album, ovo je dobro obavljeno! (4.2/5)

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Solid Wilco album, even if it's not my favorite. The blend between rock, country, and alt is pretty choice.

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kul

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Different, never listened to alt-country before but enjoyed the experience

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Tres bon album folk rock un peu. Long 1h30 mais je ne me suis pas ennuye. 4.10

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I like the more energetic and upbeat tracks. I think that is where this artist really shines. I don’t understand the hype around Wilco in general, but I think it may require more attention to the lyrics

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Tyckte det var jävligt bra. hade fått en femma om albumet hade halverats. det är för långt.

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4

Great band. Never knew

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4

Another underrated Americana album

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I like

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4

Very eclectic...

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4

Great sounds and album. Need a relisten

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I liked this. It made me feel like I was in the 90s again.

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It's not really helpful to think of Being There as a collection of pop songs, although it is that. It's more the first step in the direction that culminated in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Like Pavement, a very different band to be sure, Jeff Tweedy had a fascination with how songwriting and the studio worked, how you could take the most basic changes and melodies and dress them up in the studio and come out with something that sounded like a song, and conversely, now much you could stretch and distort a tune in the studio before it fell apart. To me, it's the self-conscious and blatantly artificial vibe of the album that makes it work (And I say that even though there are no samplers, drum machines, or synths involved). In song after song, Tweedy will call attention to a studio artifact or choice, as if to say "Someone made a decision to add distortion here, echo there, add an instrument here or subtract it--and this is what makes the song sound the way it does." I mean, the songs are pleasant enough, drawn from Stones-y blues rock or country or whatever, but they are hardly the point, and they wouldn't be enough if they were. There's a generic, 2nd hand quality to Tweedy's writing here. I'd like to think it's deliberate, to point out what he's doing in the studio and in the arrangements, but who knows? Anyway, I like the meta aspect of what Wilco is doing, and the songs are pleasant on their own

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enjoyed most of this if a bit indulgent. gonna say 4.

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Wilco are one of those bands that I have kind of avoided, namely because some Wilco fans I've met have been a bit tedious. This is good. Not the second coming like some people have led me to believe but solid. They sound like a mellower, possibly more refined Replacements, with Jeff Tweedy even emulating Paul Westerberg's vocals in places. Sonically the album is pretty amazingly in places. It has so many layers of sound. Overall I like it and will listen to it and them again. The only negative is a few of the songs towards the end feel drawn out and it is a brutally long album already

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I appreciated this list's kick in the butt to finally give a thorough listen to Wilco. I can hear a lot of new indie rock following their style (e.g., Band of Horses). Great opener to disc 1 in Misunderstood. Lots of sharp arrangements on disc 1 - good blend of drums as a base with mix of guitar, bass and piano. Other highlights were Monday, Outtasite, I Got You. Though I'm not a big country fan and the heavier country sounding songs weren't exactly my thing, the various string work (banjo, slide and plucking guitars, etc.) showed some nice talent (e.g., Forget the Flowers). Disc 2 was a little subdued or boring in comparison. But I'm going to judge it on Disc 1 alone and consider anything from Disc 2 a bonus. And disc 1 was very solid.

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There's a very obvious Jerry Garcia influence to a number of songs here (not that there's anything wrong with that...). As the album progressed, the songs started to widen open in variety, which I appreciated. The band's appreciation for other bands (The Faces on the last track) really started to come out. I had heard of Wilco, but never really heard their stuff. Definitely refreshing.

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Jännittävää! Wilco on eräs viime vuosien suosikkibändeistäni, mutta kuuntelu on painottunut vahvasti 2000-luvun levyihin ja Sporifyn Wilco-playlisteihin. Tällä levyllä ei ollut yhtään ennestään tuttua kappaletta, eli varsin avoimin mielin pääsi kuuntelemaan. Soundien ja tunnelman puolesta albumi olikin taattua Wilcoa, vaikkei biisien laadussa ihan päästy bändin kulta-ajan nerokkuuteen. Aika suoraa rokkiahan (americanaa tms?) tämä on myöhäisempään materiaaliin verrattuna, mutta toimii kyllä varsin hyvin näinkin. Biiseistä omien Wilco-suosikkien listalle löysivät itsensä ainakin Far Far Away, Hotel Arizona ja The Lonely One. Hieman ylimittainenhan tämä on, ja "turhia" kappaleita olisi voinut pudottaa pois. Kokonaisuutena kuitenkin miellyttävää kuunneltavaa. Ei missään nimessä vitosen arvoinen, muttei ihan kolmoseltakaan tunnu.

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90s alternative with country infusion, well executed. Favorite Track: Forget the Flowers Relisten: No

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Great album. I've never really listened to them, but I liked this a lot.

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A charming, enjoyable alt country album. Immerse yourself in the sound and let it wash over you. just a great American LP.

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There is nothing wrong with Wilco - just it blends into the background on certain songs for me

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The monumental Being There, comprising 19 songs, revisits the singer's musical roots, from "the Rolling Stones", to "The Band", and many more. It's the arrangements that make the difference to this other bands, that add a dash of humour and weirdness, that turn a pompous recital into an eccentric aphorism. (7/10) FT: Forget the Flowers, Misunderstood, Monday

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don't remember this one but I think it was good

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Wilco is usually praised for their fourth studio album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but this seems like a better introduction to the catalogue. A nice mix of alt-country and roots rock that services the 90's production that doesn't necessarily date the album. The thing that really makes Being There is Jeff Tweedy's songwriting, which he is so damn good at. I didn't even realize when I went from disc 1 to disc 2 of this double album, the songs just carried me away. Superb in all the best ways.

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Really good hang, probably should start being a wico fan

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Wilco is one of those bands Some rocking alt-country, almost akin to Drive By Truckers on some songs. I see them drifting into more indi-rock on some songs, but overall I really enjoyed this album.

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Alt rock pioneers

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4/5. Ya know, country CAN be experimental without Sturgill

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Ended up listening through about 3 times. Enjoyable, but nothing really stuck with me, like waiting for the rest of the iceberg while not quite knowing if you’ve seen it. Definitely thought the intro to ‘Outta Mind’ was leading to a cover of the Sesame Street theme song.

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4

Little twangy but the right side of country for me. Maybe a tiny bit long at over an hour.

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Goeie smartlappen

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Great!

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Easily listening

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Quite like it, esp. the piano and violin bits.

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I've never really been into WIlco so I wasn't looking forward to this one but I did my best to go into it with an open mind. It took a few tracks for me to get it but I'm glad I stuck it out. It's really not bad. Somewhere between Counting Crows and Tom Petty with a smidge of Nirvana tossed in. Overall, fairly enjoyable. It's worth taking a moment to recognize the recording style and quality for this record. It FEELS like an indie record in part due to the space that's been given to all of the instrumentation in the mix. But both the initial recording quality and the overall mixing/mastering are absolutely top-notch. Compared to other recordings in the both the alt and country spaces at the time, many of whom were following the Phil Spector "Wall of Sound" ideals of filling up the entire spectrum with whatever they could, "Being There" embraces the open spaces in the EQ. This serves to make the album feel more intimate while leaving room for the big moments to feel even bigger. It's masterful engineering and deserves an extra star all on its own. That said, 19 songs is too many. If this album had been distilled down into 10 to 12 killer tracks, it would hit so much harder. I'm into these short track lengths, though. I'd love to see more artists putting out 3-minute tracks. Keeps things fresh and avoids the repetitive chorus trap that so many songs fall into.

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incroyable si on enlève une chanson sur deux notamment la dernière

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Love this album, and even got my CD copy of it signed by the legend himself, Jeff Tweedy, when he was in New Zealand for a book tour.

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I'm a huge fan of this album! It's such a delightfully weird blend of country/rock/funk. Kingpin is an obvious highlight, but there are a lot of great songs sprinkled throughout. One to come back to, for sure.

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Another great relisten!

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Mellow, alternative, enjoyable

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Widescreen.

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This was a very listenable double album. It was nice music to play while I went about various activities throughout the day. There were a few songs I really stopped to take note of, but for the most part nothing really grabbed me and made me think I had to have this in my music library. Still, I did add it as I can think of several occasions where some well done alt country might be just the ticket. I didn’t necessarily need a double album, and it doesn’t make me think “oh yeah, this has to be in the top 1001”, but I don’t mind having it here. Notable tracks: Monday, Outtasite (Outta Mind), Hotel Arizona, Someday Soon, Dreamer In My Dreams

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This album covers a lot of ground. There's occasional horns, occasional banjo, occasional fiddle. Sometimes they sound like The Rolling Stones, sometimes The Grateful Dead, sometimes ... someone I can't quite put my finger on. (Maybe Bright Eyes? Mountain Goats? Silver Jews? Let me know if you figure out who I'm thinking of...) I blanched at first when I saw the 77-minute length --- sometimes that's just too much --- but the variety of styles kept things interesting. I think any fan of rock music would find something to like on this record, and I can't find anything to dislike. It's really good.

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When I saw that this was a double-album and then heard the first few bars of the first track, I was afraid…but then it turned out to be okay.

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Sometimes in this project I steel myself for something I don't think I'm going to like. "Have an open mind, but don't pretend to like something you don't." Seventy-seven minutes is a significant commitment, and 90s alternative can be a scary place. It was seventy-seven minutes well spent. This felt like an album ought to, as it kept my attention without taking it over, stayed consistent in quality throughout, gave an interesting variety of songs, and provided over an hour of consistent enjoyment.

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Really interesting lyrics and a lovely meandering feel to the album. It's an album that rewards multiple listens.

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Okay a double album hope it’s worth my time… The album opens with thundering drums backed with a mad mess of noise. It settles down for the main song though; which is this rather gentle tune for the most part but it does have an pulsating drum break, the same as the one on the intro.Both elements fuse for the last bit of the song grounding this opener into an epic. Far far away is a shorter kinda spookier sounding track, I must admit though when it says “ dark side of the room” I really thought they were ripping off pink Floyd by saying “ dark side of the moon”. Monday is a burst pf energy ( not one I expected from this band) It’s not my favourite track so far but I think out of everything here I have the highest likelihood of revisiting this one without going to the full album. Next is outtasite ( outta mind) the album’s other single ( with Monday) and again it’s quite a heavy track for an album that’s under the country umbrella. I actually love the guitars on this though. What a pleasure! Then is the most country track so far forget the flowers. I like the song it’s just the worst so far. Red eyed and blue ( from a sonic perspective) is the kinda song I would expect later on. But I really like it’s eerie kinda tone alongside the guitars. Not a favourite but good. The previously seen energy comes back in I got you ( at the end of the century). This sounds like a song made to be performed live to have everyone in the audience singing along too with the stadium ready guitars and the catchy lyrics. I’am surprised it wasn’t released as a single. What’s the world got in store sounds like the gentle aftermath of I got you (end of the century) the song starts off super gentle then erupts into another great song. Now the penultimate track of disk one hotel Arizona being brought on after whats the world got in store having the most abrupt ending. This song feels like a gentler version of what we’ve had already in the album. The guitar break is the best part though which makes it another really stadium ready cut! Disk one closes off with the slow romantic sounding, say you miss me. There’s something about the chorus that I can’t put my finger on. But for the song as a whole it’s a slow but grand song at the same time making a perfect half ending. Disk 2 starts with sunken treasure a song that builds up in it’s power through the medium of the chorus; with a great subtle piano in the background. Most interesting is the instrumental break halfway through and in the songs outro. Great stuff. Someday soon is a bit meh just a very country track, nothing much to say here. Outta mind ( outta sight) is much poppier than outta sight ( outta mind) but I still really like this one though it really could’ve been a hit of it was released in a different time. Someone else’s song (like what’s the world got in store with I got you) feels like a washed up aftermath of outta mind ( outta sight). It’s still a good song though just a bunch filler. I quite like the slow strumming of kingpin at the start which goes into this kinda trippy sound. The song as a whole is a good embodiment of the album’s sound for any newcomers. Next is ( was I) in your dreams is a slow dreary track that could really end the album if it wasn’t a double. My favourite part here is the piano work. Next I wanna live is a great show of this group’s sound with great piano and guitar works fun enough sounding verses then a haunted chorus. The penultimate track of the entire album is the song The lonely 1, a really tranquil track just not a favourite. The album ends with the song dreamer in my dreams, a brilliant closer. It starts off as the album’s most energetic then over the course of the last 2 minutes it slowly dies leaving a great outro to this sensational work. This album was brilliant, the only flaw was that it could’ve been made into a shorter 10-12 track album and I honestly wouldn’t mind. There’s not a bad song on here though just long, long, very long…

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Wilcos brand of Americana is one that will always satisfy. Clean production gives way to fantastic storytelling even if some of the songs are far from perfect.

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When I was first getting into alt-country I absolutely loved this album. I still like it today, but I'm not quite as enthusiastic. I could see others thinking it to be overlong and boring in places and I wouldn't completely disagree. These days I'd rather listen to Summerteeth or YHF. Its still really solid though and was a bit of a nostalgia hit. Boy, do I ever love the song Sunken Treasure in particular. 4 stars. It's probably a 3.5 but rounding up out of respect.

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A nice chill album to sit and listen to. "Sunken Treasure" was a vibe until the noise breakdown at the end still my favorite on the album. I also do like that Tweedy cut most of his proceeds from the album so he could sell it at a more affordable price. Not my favorite Wilco, but still a really good album. The second disc really made it for me.

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Interesting, I never really listened to Wilco, but it was pretty good.

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Will surely relisten

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It's a solid country-ish record with some nice psychedelic elements. Definitely feel the spirit of CSNY in certain spots. 75 minutes is a lot for any album, though. Favorite tracks: "Forget the Flowers", "Hotel Arizona", "Sunken Treasure"

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Wilco est un artiste à prendre très au sérieux dans le générateur. Les cadors sont prévenus.

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Like someone has taken a really cool psychedelic rock album and shuffled it together with a country album. Remove the country songs and you'd be left with an album that's reminiscent of Clouds Taste Metallic era Flaming Lips and Alladin Sane era David Bowie. I would have loved that record. Although this could have been separated into two excellent and distinct albums, it still flows in its original form and doesn't get boring, despite its length. There's not a weak track on the record and I found myself appreciating it more the longer it went on. A weird thing to try, but Wilco pulls it off. Rating: 4.5/5 Playlist track: Misunderstood Date listened: 19/07/22

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4

Never don't like a bit of Wilco. Even when they stray toward the more generic side, their vocals and rhythms are still interesting enough to rise about the rest of the chaff.

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Loved : misunderstood, monday

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better than I expected. A hidden gem.

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4.5

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Before they became known for Dad Rock. You know who kept Jeff Tweedy and Wilco from becoming full on dad rockers? Philip Seymour Hoffman lookalike Jay Bennett. He was just arty enough to keep things interesting. This is actually my fourth favorite Wilco album (after their masterpiece "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and two post Bennett albums that lean more on the Dad Rock side, "A Ghost Is Born" and "Sky Blue Sky"). That says more about Wilco's surprisingly long career than it does this album. But this opens with one of Wilco's best tracks. But "Misunderstood" actually sounds better live. Here, it serves as a foretaste of the feast to come on their NEXT album.

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This was the album that made everyone realize that there was more to Jeff Tweedy than anyone realized. When Uncle Tupelo broke up, I think a lot of people expected that Jay Farrar had a bright future ahead of him while Jeff Tweedy would fade into obscurity. Wilco's first album, A.M., was pleasant enough, but not super interesting or innovative, while Son Volt's first album Trace was very well received on the other hand. Then this album came out by Wilco and it was like, woah, there's something pretty interesting going on here. I still prefer their next couple of albums, Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but this is a really interesting, eclectic set of songs, and a sign of things to come. Maybe would have been better to get rid of the filler songs and release as a single album, but that's ok. 4 stars.

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Hadn't heard this album before. I loved Uncle Tupelo and wish Tweedy and Ferrar hadn't gone their separate ways. I always like Son Volt, but sometimes I find Wilco to be too esoteric and experimental. This album has a little of that, but most of the record is just really good songs. I especially like the flat out rockers -- Monday & Outtasite. I also like Tweedy doing his best Rod Stewart impression on Dreamer in my Dreams. The Uncle Tupelo alt-country feel is still very apparent on this record, which is probably why I liked it so much. I'm downloading this one!

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Should be footnoted - how an alt-country band transforms itself into an experimental rock and roll powerhouse. May sound easy, but few have attempted and, obviously, less have succeeded. Compared to prior releases (Uncle Tupelo and A.M.) this is heavy. But the alt-country pops up often enough to make it clear where they came from. It works.

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Great songwriting and performance. There's a certain something to Wilco I can't put my finger on but I like them more than other people in this genre

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Didn’t know this and existed. Pretty good

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Wilco! Had a lot of friends whose favorite band was Wilco back in the day. I always appreciated their music but never enough for regular rotation in my mix.

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Wilco is in my top 5 favorite bands of all time. Being There isn't their best (by a wide margin), but a solid listen. I have to be in the right mood to listen to it in its entirety, but several tracks are frequently in my mixes.

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I was really pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I don't really know much Wilco beyond a few tracks from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but there was a lot to like about this.

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Didn't love everything, but overall really good. One of my favorite songs is actually on this: Say You Miss Me

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Imagine that you can walk into a place where you know everyone in the band, you know almost everyone in the room, you've had hard times but the feel of the room counters that, and the music just sweeps through being a chant to an intimate, worn feeling. I'd shout along to these songs and hum them in the quiet.

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An interesting and eclectic album, with some country inspiration sometimes. Favourite songs: What's the World Got in Store, Hotel Arizona, Sunken Treasure, Someday Soon, Dreamer in my Dreams

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I haven’t listened to much Wilco. This album is really good. Some songs remind me of the Rolling Stones.

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Not my favorite of theirs, and it's a bit bloated, but still damn good. Best track: Kingpin

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What a banger in Misunderstood to kick off the album Someday Soon was gorgeous. Listening to this only knowing Wilco for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, this album was a great showing of some of the diversity of the band. Wish i could give it a half star, fully deserving of 4.5

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Wilco! The story of one of America's premier 21st Century bands begins at earnest with this once single album priced double album and no corner is left untouched, making the best out of their adopted scenario. At times it can be sprawling and a bit bloated for it's own good but, when one has the gumption to let the world know of their abilities, just being there will be worth it. Favorites: Misunderstood, Far, Far Away, Outtasite (Outta Mind), I Got You (At the End of the Century), What the World Got in Store, Say You Miss Me, Sunken Treasure, Outta Mind (Outta Sight), Kingpin, Why Would You Wanna Live, Dreamer in My Dreams.

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3

Some bad Rolling Stones imitation songs.

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Kind of a long album. I liked the more upbeat tracks significantly more than the down tempo ones.

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Is this closer to country or indie rock? Should anyone care at all? Clearly the product of some talented musicians. The double album length is unnecessary, though the fact that it's over an hour long is masked by the steady forward energy of the songs. I don't see any magic in this particular project, but it's clear that Wilco has it. The Lonely 1, in particular, has a perfect country sound which I have not identified before: A combination of guitar strings evoking the wooden box of the instrument and the pedal steel suggesting infinite space. In other words, singing songs around a campfire with constellations bright above. The fact that I've ignored them to this point, unaware of the sonic breadth on offer, is a mark against me.

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3

3.5, too long

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3

Aight, very general appeal but nothing mind blowing inside

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3

Good. Not my thing. But still good.

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Not a huge fan but I do like this and a couple their other albums.

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3

I liked more than I expected relaxed and folky a bit country but not bad.

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3

correct genre , a few decent songs . many slow songs tho

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3

Not bad, better than I thought

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Dramatico, meio genérico, mas as músicas são variadas.

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3

Need to re-listen and try more wilco

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3

Decent album. Not much more to say.

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Is this the first breakout success for Wilco? I know Misunderstood, I like this one, teenage me would have ate it up. I always viewed Wilco as a band that has a theme of feeling like they are too old/missed the boat and are the old-guard that doesn't quite fit in and is coming to terms with that through their lyrics, kind of like Future Islands and Sun-Kil Moon. I don't know, it's a bit boring to me? It's not bad, just I can't relate (yet).

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Good.

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I came to Wilco later on in their career, and although I enjoy certain songs in their earlier catalogue, I struggle with the lethargic mood of much of it. It brings me down, I find it depressing and exhausting. "Sunken Treasure" is a good example of that. I like "Outtasite". Some really soft and beautiful songs too, like "The Lonely 1." They can get really heavy too (in a good way) like on "Misunderstood" which I think is a solid opening track. Overall a good album but not one I will likely come back to.

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3

Kinda slow. Liked the next Wilco album more.

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Original dashboard confessional, but with some pop 90s influences actual rating 3.5/5

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I've listened to a couple Wilco albums. They're a fine band, nothing special. But maybe that's the charm, you know? Just a good old-fashioned folk rock band. They don't demand too much of you, though this album does demand quite a bit of time. Jeff Tweedy is a good songwriter though and seems like a cool dude. Enough tracks I enjoyed on here to say it's a good album for me. Favorite tracks: Say You Miss Me, Far Far Away, The Lonely 1. Album art: Simplicity to the extreme. Fits what I said about the band pretty well. There's a charm to this kind of simplicity. 3.5/5

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3

Good laid back album

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Quite liked this, change of pace and a bit different, probably a 3.25

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Hmnja

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Probably a 3.5

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Wilco, czy banda ktora kojarze glownie przez Jezusa, etc. czyli ich najbardziej popularny kawalek, przynajmniej wedlug spoti, po natrafieniu na ten naturalnym odruchem bylo przesluchanie calego albumu i tak wlasnie poznalem wilcosow i yankee hotel, czyli krazek ktory najbardziej sluchany, natomast lista zaserwowala cos calkiem innego z ich dyskografii, album tak niszowy, ze nie widac go nawet w top 5 lastfma profilu bandy, being there to drugi album w dorobku bandy, tytul jest nawiazaniem do filmu o tym samym tytule, ktory natomiast jest oparty na buku, rowniez o tym tytule, napisanym przez hamerykanskiego polaka rodaka jerzego kosinskiego, wiec kolejna ksiazka na liste to read jak znalazl, co do samego albumu to jest to potezny material, bo dwa dyski daja godzine i siedemnascie minut czasu odtwarzania, gdy myslalem, ze yankeesowy hotel byl napakowany instrumentalami, to tutaj jest jeszcze bardziej napakowane w tej kwestii, nie chodzi tylko o to, ze na 18 trakach jest sporo miejsca na rozne konwencje, ale wiekszosc czlonkow bandy jest multiinstrumentalistami, wiec na notesach kto na czym gral po piec roznych instrumentow przy nazwisku, robiac to razy szesciu czlonkow i dodajac artystow studyjnych, mozna otrzymac prawdziwa lawine dzwiekow, co przeklada sie na gatunek jaki jest motywem przewodnim plyty, bo alternatywny rock, w ktorym jest tak wiele mozliwosci zachacza o graniczace z nim gatunki mieszajac je dowoli, najbardziej namieszane w tym przypadku jest tu country, wiec powiedzialbym, ze powstalo cos w postaci psychodelicznego country, jakkolwiek by to nie brzmialo, o ile duzy czas daje duze mozliwosci, to jest takze pulapka, bo pojawiaja sie przez to mocniej popowe filery, traki ktore wrecz mecza, gdy slucha sie go majac w glowie poprzedni, jak w przypadku monday, ktory pojawia sie zaraz po far,far away, ktory laduje na plejce, razem z sunken treasure, ktory otwiera druga strone i jest najlepsza prezentacja skillsow gitarki akustykowej jak dla mnie z calej plyty, dobry pick, zwlaszcza slyszac jeszcze jak brzmial hotel foxtrot i majac na uwadze w jakim kierunku muzycznie zmierzala banda, bo wyglada to raczej na powolna ewolucje stylu niz przeskok z jednej galezi na druga

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Very listenable. Almost hit the like button a time or two. Check back on this one

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Q Magazine favourites Wilco sounding a lot like a band beloved by Q Magazine. The big takeaway here is, if you like this album then you won't regret treating yourself to a Q Magazine subscription. If Q Magazine still exists of course, which it probably doesn't as print media is dead.

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I suppose you had to be there.

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Good album. It is really long though. Almost had enough by the end.

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First song great, the other ones were quite sleepy. 2.5

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Enjoyed it but wouldn't hunt it out again

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Good easy music to listen to….. Jeff Tweedy did good here…..

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I liked the first half, then I got a bit bored and stopped listening to the second half. I’ll definitely check out their other stuff though

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Alt country. Good singer songwriter. Very solid just didn’t love it.

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Very refreshing to not have some old ass hard rock recommended to me to painfully listen to. The album is a-okay in the songs it provides as I like the Alternative Country and Alternative Rock genres that make up the album. But is hard to understand certain words he says at times. Plus, the album is just good background music to listen to while doing something to nod along to it honestly. Would Give it: 3/5

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A good alt/rock record with a sound that would not be out of place on some radio stations today. The first disk of the double album was stronger than the second. I think they should have left it at the end of the first one. Best: Outtasite (Outta Mind) Worst: Someone Else's Song 2.5 stars

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Some solid indie rock rode trip tunes, but a little more country than I like.

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This was a very good and versatile album. Every song sounded different - in a good way. I'm tempted to give this a 4 star rating, but I'm not quite sure. I would most definitely give this 3.5 / 5 star rating if that was possible.

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Literally the only exposure I've ever had to Wilco was in an interview with Jpeg.Mafia, Basically they talked about his influence on the album black Ben Carson. Specifically a very controversial song it. Anyway, I liked the album quite a bit. They are gonna get more listens in the future. The end of the album had a weird change of pace where it sort of turned into a Country album. Not my speed tbh, But even then it wasn't bad. Solid work on it tbh.

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I have this major UK vs US rivalry stuck in my head for anything from the 90s. So far the Brits keep winning out. They just seem so much more listenable and less of a chore to get thru each album. I had heard of Wilco a they're one of those bands I thought I probably should have done a bit more research into. After the opening track I immediately thought I'd been dealt another depressing hour of American alt-rock. Very happy to say how wrong I was! This album covered a wide and varied part of the musical spectrum and instead of just waiting for it to finish I found myself wanting more. Will definitely get more runs in the future.

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I love me some Wilco but this wasn’t my favorite. Easy listening for sure but not many standouts.

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Jag gillar det! Det var en matig skiva (1.17h) så det blev inte en lyssning i ett sträck, därav har jag inte så exakta kommentarer på vilka delar som var bra eller dåliga. Men känslan i kroppen är att det inte var några djupa dalar, men kanske inte heller de höga topparna som krävs för en 4:a. Bäst: "Monday"

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I liked the slower, more laid-back, stuff more than when they try to "rock". I can see listening this on a lazy afternoon, although none of the songs had a hook that really spoke to me.

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Väldigt ojämn.

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As a non-country fan, this double-length feature doesn't bode well with me, especially for the more traditional songs near the end. I like the psychedelic sound and abstract lyrics. But songs aren't very coherent. I mean, just look at the first three and how different they are. Please reorder the tracks. "Misunderstood" sounds like something that I should like, but it doesn't do it for me. "Far far away" is mellow and relaxing but that's all it has for it. "Monday" reminds me of "Rocks Off" by Rolling Stones which is enough for me to like it. There's a lot of power pop and alt rock songs here mixed in with the country base (not sure what people are on about punk). I hate country folk "Forget the flowers." "Red-Eyed Blue" is what I think of when someone says alt country, and it's a pretty good song using innovative techniques to modify the standard country formula. "Hotel Arizona" is another psychedelic song with surreal lyrics I like, but it's not exactly country is it? "Sunken Treasure" is my favorite. Not too crazy about most of the songs on the second side, and I'm not sure how much of this attributes to my distaste of country, but some stand out. And I do admit at least half are decent, even if they don't appeal to me. I hear their later indie rock album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" is much more interesting, so I look forward to hearing their progression with this context.

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3

Couple good songs

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not wilcos best but influential

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I'll admit, knowing what I do about Wilco, I am not excited to see them here. In my mind they're a jam-band like Phish who play on forever. I like an album that moves rather than lingers. I see 19 tracks, and I'm worried. But at least I get the weekend to get through it. This is a lot of Wilco. I wager too much Wilco. But their full style is on display here. A little rock, a little pop, a little folk, a little country. Just all of it. But I think I'd prefer the less is more approach.

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Hmm… couldn’t get too excited by this…

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The issue with this album is how well-behaved it all is. It's really hard to find faults with the playing, but it's that Formica quality which ultimately makes it impossible to love. Why listen to a pastiche of Exile on Main Street and Grievous Angel when you can listen to Exile on Main Street and Grievous Angel? By the end I was screaming for the Stooges or something with a bit of blood to it. Now, this is not a bad album. But that's the problem. It's so well-mannered, it doesn't take any real risks, and as such there's nothing to root for. If it's your bag, that's fine, we won't fall out, but surely you recognise on occasion that this feels programmed rather than written?

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I suspect under different circumstances I might be willing to give this album more than 3 stars. However, today being the day I listened to it, and in lieu of more compelling feelings, it stays at 3. It's OK, and I wouldn't turn it off if someone were playing it, but I also wouldn't put it on if I saw it in their collection.

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This album is really in a strange genre - alt country, rock, punk(?) with a bit of noise in it (i.e. Sunken Treasure). I'm not sure I can digest it in just one day, especially as I think the album would have been better if the picked the best tracks to make a single album instead of a double. Treating the album as a whole, I'll give it a 3. If it would have been a single album with the most interesting upbeat songs - now it rises to at least a 4 on a first listen.

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Fullkomin haustplata, mjög næs.

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that was pretty good

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I’m still stuck on whether I like this band or not - the tracks that borrow heavily from early ‘00s rock with some country influences shine on this one, and some of the slower tracks with more country elements are enjoyable as well. There are just a few songs here that completely get lost in the country veneer that sound so bad I can’t make my mind up as to whether they derail the whole thing.

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Good Sunday morning record

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ok

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Lots of genre hopping across the rock spectrum, taking inspiration from hard rock, pop, psychedelia, surf rock, echoes of grunge and shades of blues rock. When Wilco goes off on these tangents ‘Being There’ is very enjoyable. In the end though, for me, the slow acoustic ballads and the overall length of the album weigh the whole thing down. Despite these criticisms, it’s still a solid record that's worth your time.

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Its okay, nothing special

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Sellaista taskulämmintä indie-kantri-rokkia. Ei aikaansaanut oikein tunteita suuntaan tai toiseen. Ehkä johonkin Ameriikan arojen halki kulkevalla maantiellä voisi tätä kuunnella. Perussettiä, ei oikein selvinnyt miksi tämä oli listalla.

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93. Being There - Wilco 19 tracks. Never heard of them & although it didn't start well it really grew on me. So much variety that it's impossible not to find something you like. No idea what sort of music they play, (variety) but am really intrigued to hear more. 👍 3/5

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It's a good album. That sort of modern Americana doesn't do much for me, sadly - and the Stones pastiche tracks do little for me. However, the sad feely tracks are sublime - everything over 5 minutes, Red Eyed and Blue, a few others. Plumbing the depths is where this one flies. There's a great single album in here, without all the country crap and the trudgy rockers.

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As with any double-album, this will take time to unpack and fully appreciate. The good news is I liked this on my first listen, so I could see this growing on me even more. Hard to decide between a 3 and a 4 on this one, but in this moment I lean towards a 3. Decent record with some enjoyable moments throughout.

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6/10 Very calm Good for mornings

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Não reconheci a empolgação do rock alt country.

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Pretty good - pleasant, and every now and then something grabs my attention

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Indiezinho legalzinho.

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Sounds like a good company for a road trip. I quite like it.

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Too long, a bit too country and western… this was alright though!

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hm

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Not for me I don't think. Some good stuff but not enough.

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1:20h de álbum eu tô out

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Decent album. Wilco is a band that always sounds good but halfway through an album you feel like it could still be the first song. Or that it could be any of the other albums. I’d say being there was probably the first one where they really found their style that is unique to them. Some of the songs are solid but this album isn’t as refined as some of their others. 6.0/10

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I like this album. Had not heard anything from it before -- at least that I can recall -- and I have a feeling had I heard it when it came out, I would've been pretty into it. I don't know how this band was in concert back then, but my hunch is I would have very much enjoyed watching and listening to them play live. In an unexpected way, I kind of like it more because no particular song blows me away, but instead it's just a good, solid, steady album of interesting rock (not sure what to call it -- is this "indie rock" or something like that?). Good stuff.

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