Wilco – Being There (1996/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

(Last Updated On: August 11, 2022)

Wilco – Being There (1996/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 01:17:06 minutes | 1,56 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Nonesuch

First off, forget everything you thought you knew about Wilco. Forget the cheery country rock tunes like “Casino Queen” and “Box Full of Letters” you loved so much on their debut, A.M.. But most of all, forget for the seventy-three minutes it will take you to get through this double-shot that Tweedy was in a band called Uncle Tupelo, because, apparently, he has. If A.M. was Wilco’s Hard Day’s Night, about what you’d expect considering the track record, then Being There is their Revolver, chock full of unexpected sounds and styles, giddily tossing right and left hairpin turns at an audience who will likely not know what hit them.

While Wilco’s debut, A.M., spread its wings in an expectedly country-rock fashion, their sophomore effort, Being There, is the group’s great leap forward, a masterful, wildly eclectic collection shot through with ambitions and ideas. Although a few songs remain rooted in their signature sound, here Jeff Tweedy and band are as fascinated by their music’s possibilities as its origins, and they push the songs which make up this sprawling two-disc set down consistently surprising paths and byways. For starters, the opening “Misunderstood” is majestic psychedelia, built on studio trickery and string flourishes, while “I Got You (At the End of the Century)” is virtual power pop, right down to the handclaps. The lovely “Someone Else’s Song” borrows heavily from the Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” while the R&B-influenced boogie of “Monday” wouldn’t sound at all out of place on Exile on Main Street; and on and on. The remarkable thing is how fresh all of these seeming clichés sound when reimagined with so much love and conviction; even the most traditional songs take unexpected twists and turns, never once sinking into mere imitation. “Music is my savior/I was named by rock & roll/I was maimed by rock & roll/I was tamed by rock & roll/I got my name from rock & roll,” Tweedy sings on “Sunken Treasure,” the opener of the second disc, and throughout the course of these 19 songs he explores rock as though he were tracing his family genealogy, fervently seeking to discover not only where he came from but also where he’s going. With Being There, he finds what he’s been looking for.

01 – Misunderstood
02 – Far, Far Away
03 – Monday
04 – Outtasite (Outta Mind)
05 – Forget The Flowers
06 – Red-Eyed And Blue
07 – I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
08 – What’s The World Got In Store
09 – Hotel Arizona
10 – Say You Miss Me

01 – Sunken Treasure
02 – Someday Soon
03 – Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
04 – Someone Else’s Song
05 – Kingpin
06 – (Was I) In Your Dreams
07 – Why Would You Wanna Live
08 – The Lonely 1
09 – Dreamer In My Dreams


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