Friday, July 02, 2004

"OK job imitating Neil Young" on Wilco's 'Ghost'

wilco band photo by Danny Clinch

It just keeps getting funnier these Wilco reviews and Neil young analogies. From The Dallas Morning News By THOR CHRISTENSEN:

"The CD also finds Mr. Tweedy struggling to take over as lead instrumentalist after Jay Bennett left the band post-Foxtrot. While he fancies himself a free-form jazz guitarist, he's not quite there yet.
He does an OK job imitating Neil Young on 'At Least That's What You Said.' But his haphazard soloing undermines what could have been the CD's most potent song, 'Spiders (Kidsmoke),' a 10-minute collage of new wave, German rock and psychedelia.

He fares better when he concentrates on actual songs, not guitar-driven noise, like 'Hummingbird,' a Beatlesque ditty laced with viola and dulcimer, or the meditative ballads 'Wishful Thinking' and 'Hell Is Chrome.' Like most Wilco CDs after 1995's A.M., this one is heavy on slow songs with drowsy vocals and cryptic lyrics. Still, Mr. Tweedy definitely remembers how to rock: 'I'm a Wheel' is the best song T. Rex never wrote."


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