Review: Schmilco - Wilco - 3 stars

SAFE: Jeff Tweedy has opted for a more melodic approach on Schmilco.

SAFE: Jeff Tweedy has opted for a more melodic approach on Schmilco.

JEFF Tweedy and co find themselves in a relaxed state on Wilco’s 10th studio album Schmilco.

SAFE: Jeff Tweedy has opted for a more melodic approach on Schmilco.

SAFE: Jeff Tweedy has opted for a more melodic approach on Schmilco.

It was recorded in the same sessions as last year’s Star Wars, but is far more melodic. The years of experimentation have given way to a measured acoustic-driven vibe. That’s not to say Schmilco is boring. It just approaches the listener in a more subtle manner. 

Tweedy has obviously been in a nostalgic mood lately. The tracks Normal American KidsIf I Ever Was A Child and We Aren’t The World (Safety Girl) deal with childhood, but not necessarily the happy kind. Because Schmilco is one of Wilco’s less adventurous releases, it’s the album’s weirdest moments like Common Sense and Locator which best catch the attention of the listener.

Wilco - Locator

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