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Ode To Joy

Wilco

Ode To Joy

Eleventh studio album from pioneering Chicago folk rock band featuring songs written and produced by Jeff Tweedy and recorded by Wilco at the bands' own Chicago studio dubbed The Loft

ADM rating[?]

7.8

Label
dBpm
UK Release date
04/10/2019
US Release date
04/10/2019
  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    The songs here are simple, but they contain multitudes
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Mandatory listening for anyone interested in the enduring creative potential of rock - sorry, folk – music
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  3. 8.4 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Wilco’s eleventh full-length is a love letter to anyone who fell in love with the band’s earliest material
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  4. 8.0 |   The FT

    The songs initially have a semi-defeated air, but a happy outburst of classic rock underlines breakthrough
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  5. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The most striking aspect of Ode to Joy is how weary Tweedy sounds
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    It all adds up to yet another winning set from a band still to release a subpar album in a 25-year career
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  7. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It's a multi-layered affair but each one provokes serious feelings and thoughts for those who peel them back
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    This is a quietly momentous album of depth, soothing in its introspection
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    These are gnomic short stories of the Republic, and pure Tweedy feelings
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  10. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    With Ode To Joy, for the first time in perhaps fifteen years, Wilco have found a way to be truly relevant, again
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    The culmination of a musical evolution Wilco have been working towards for years
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  12. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The group’s 11th LP, their best in years, is a beautiful exercise in downhearted uplift.
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  13. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This is a sparse, minimalist ode to joy. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Q

    Shivers on this ledge between defiance and dissolution. Despite Tweedy's fears, it turns out more Wilco music is exactly what's needed. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    In trying times, Wilco have found some joy in creativity and made another album true to themselves, full of “poetry and magic” to console and inspire
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  16. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Stripped back it may be, but Wilco’s 11th album combines expressive lyrics about change with big singalong choruses
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  17. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Quiet reflections grow mightier by the minute
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  18. 8.0 |   All Music

    Ode to Joy reveals that after their sabbatical, Wilco are more than willing to explore the boundaries of their music, and they do so with the confidence and sense of daring that has marked their best work from Being There onward
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  19. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    These are big, warm beautiful songs, full of sincerity but always with a trick up their sleeves
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  20. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    Wilco’s 11th album is direct and spacious, centering on the beauty of quiet revelation
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  21. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Jeff Tweedy and Chicago's finest rock band stick within their rich comfort zone
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  22. 7.5 |   Paste Magazine

    Title is a fitting description of an album with a subtle sense of buoyancy
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  23. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Ode to Joy is a seemingly small-scale record; a pale-skinned beauty of an album that has much to say, says it deliberately, often quietly; like a whisper of advice from an old friend reminding you that you, me, we... need to carry on
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  24. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The band’s 11th album doesn’t break the mold, though its sound is a bit more pared down
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  25. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    In allowing a bit of discomfort into their music, Wilco may yet rediscover what made them so captivating in the first place
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  26. 7.0 |   Gigwise

    An album that wants you to embrace it, despite its cold and monolithic shell
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  27. 7.0 |   The 405

    Ode to Joy does more than just rest on the laurels of Jeff Tweedy’s indelible vocal melodies and, with its comfortably competent songwriting and general lack of any real, conceited excess, is easily one of their better releases this decade
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  28. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Wilco's Ode to Joy shows a band invigorated by studio flourishes and unexpected complications
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