Wilco – A.M. (1995/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Wilco – A.M. (1995/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 44:41 minutes | 893 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Nonesuch

A.M. is Wilco’s debut album, released on March 28, 1995. Wilco formed out of the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, an alternative country band that many of Wilco’s members had been in previously. The album was a first step into Wilco’s increasingly-adventurous musical territory. Critics modestly liked the album, citing the influence of Gram Parsons and Neil Young.

Not surprisingly, Wilco’s debut album, A.M., isn’t a great departure from Uncle Tupelo. Wilco’s music rocks in a more conventional way than Uncle Tupelo, rolling along with a loping beat that swings more than it rocks. “Casino Queen” is a shambling, bluesy honky tonk number that’s boozier than anything Tupelo recorded, which is indicative of the major difference between the bands. Wilco wears its heart on its sleeve, writing songs that fit into the conventions of country-rock, not ones that rework the rules. “Box Full of Letters” doesn’t deviate from the standard mid-tempo country-rock number, yet it’s done so well it doesn’t matter. Still, the opener, “I Must Be High” – a clever love song that subtly tweaks both lyrical and musical clichés, as well as featuring a killer melody – casts a shadow over A.M., offering the knowledge that Wilco can subvert the genre without losing its accessibility. In its light, all the very good songs that follow seem somewhat disappointing.

01. Wilco – I Must Be High (02:59)
02. Wilco – Casino Queen (02:44)
03. Wilco – Box Full Of Letters (03:06)
04. Wilco – Shouldn’t Be Ashamed (03:29)
05. Wilco – Pick Up The Change (02:55)
06. Wilco – I Thought I Held You (03:48)
07. Wilco – That’s Not The Issue (03:21)
08. Wilco – It’s Just That Simple (03:46)
09. Wilco – Should’ve Been In Love (03:36)
10. Wilco – Passenger Side (03:34)
11. Wilco – Dash 7 (03:29)
12. Wilco – Blue Eyed Soul (04:04)
13. Wilco – Too Far Apart (03:43)


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