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One of the many cryptic lines on Wilco's excellent new SUMMER TEETH goes, "Speakers speaking in code." It's more meaningful than one might think. Wilco, the brainchild of ex-Uncle Tupelo bassist Jeff Tweedy, is an alt-country band whose music presents a tough code to crack -- blurring the boundaries around rock, punk, country, alternative pop, and psychedelia so brilliantly that many fans don't consider the band alt-country at all. Tweedy is a grainy, gorgeous singer who writes great songs that seem channeled in from some car-radio Valhalla. Wilco's groundbreaking 1996 album, BEING THERE, saw him take roots-rock to stylistically experimental places it had never gone before, and SUMMER TEETH continues to homestead this uncharted territory. "Pieholden Suite" is a soft, gentle shuffle that morphs into a horn-drenched, string-soaked elegy to a first kiss that can only be described as cocktail country, while "Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway(again)" is pure, potent AM pop, hand claps and all. Still, should songs like "I'm Always in Love," an up-tempo rocker hooked around a spacey synthesizer, start to befuddle alt-country purists, the rugged, disconsolate acoustic guitar on "Via Chicago" will have 'em crying in their beer. Jeff Tweedy is a rare talent, an artist who has perfected and redefined a particular style of music with graceful ease, and SUMMER TEETH is a fantastic example of how talented he is.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/1999
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624728221
catalogNumber: 47282
Rank: 3515


  1. Can't Stand It
  2. She's A Jar
  3. A Shot In The Arm
  4. We're Just Friends
  5. I'm Always In Love
  6. Nothing'severgonnastandinmyway (Again)
  7. Pieholden Suite
  8. How to Fight Loneliness
  9. Via Chicago
  10. ELT
  11. My Darling
  12. When You Wake Up Feeling Old
  13. Summer Teeth
  14. In A Future Age
  15. [Untitled]
  16. Candyfloss
  17. A Shot in the Arm"

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wilco   Primary Artist
Jay Bennett   Organ,Synthesizer,Banjo,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Bells,farfisa organ,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member
Ken Coomer   Drums,Timpani,Group Member
Dave Crawford   Trumpet
John Stirratt   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Tweedy   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Track Performer
Leroy Bach   Piano
Bob Egan   Group Member
Mark Greenberg   Vibes

Technical Credits

Jay Bennett   Composer
Mitch Easter   Engineer
Larry Greenhill   Engineer
John Stirratt   Composer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer
Wilco   Composer,Producer
Russ Long   Engineer
Mike Hagler   Engineer
Lawrence Azerrad   Artwork
Chris Grainger   Engineer
Dave Trumfio   Engineer

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