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Review of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)

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Score = A+


scroll down to listen to this entire album on youtube (embedded in this blog post)!

It’s like the Grateful Dead, but more restrained, but notably of it’s time (2001).  Wilco’s highly acclaimed, and well deserving, album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, mixes psychedelic rock with a hint of country resulting in a sound that is jam band-ish; except without the lengthy jams.

I’ve only listened to the album 3 times now (I am on my 4th listen as I type this), but already I like it a lot. Turn this album on and get ready for 51 minutes of easy listening. Give it all of your attention, or give it none – you’ll appreciate it just the same. YHF could be the centerpiece of a shroom trip or maybe road trip music for a family vacation on the way to visit relatives. There is just such a simple, ageless vibe to the music. In fact the genius is so simple that you might not realize it at first (would that make it, in reality, complex?). The first time I listened to some songs off YHF I thought, ‘Boring!’ I gave it another try a few months later and it hit me like an epiphanizing epiphany: this will go down in history as a classic album.

There’s no adrenaline pumping hype songs, no thought provoking brain boggler songs, no frills at all really. What you get with Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is about an hour of laid back ‘just kickin’ it’ music. Feeling hyped? Listen to old-school Three 6 Mafia. Feeling depressed? Listen to The Bends. Feeling normal and just wanting to relax on a Sunday night? Listen toYankee Hotel Foxtrot. It’s that kind of music. Somehow, YHF manages to evoke in me a strong feeling of nostalgia, even though I’ve only recently started listening to it.

The stand-out songs on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot are:

  • “War on War”
  • “Jesus, Etc.”
  • “Heavy Metal drummer”

Here is the entire album for you to listen to (hosted on youtube!):

I love the outtro ambiance. “Reservations” is spectacular closing.

Written by danielperry99

January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am