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Wilco - Summer Teeth  Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Karsh   
Tuesday, 09 March 1999

Summer Teeth,
Reprise Records
| Performance 6.5 | Sound 7.5 |

Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy was last seen covering Woodie Guthrie’s poems with folk socialist Billy Bragg. However, the leap from ‘Mermaid Avenue,’ to ‘Summer Teeth’ isn’t exactly as large as one might think, especially if you heard Tweedy’s work on ‘Avenue.’ Unfortunately, this album lacks the depth ‘Avenue’ had. It is as solid, as Wilco seems to be one of those bands that grabs a feeling at an album’s outset and rides it for sixty minutes. Only the feeling it takes hold of never seems to be in dire need of your attention.



Not that there is anything wrong with this type of sound, a number of bands do this and attain a tremendous level of success. Sade’s career is based on it and Depeche Mode seemingly hasn’t written a new song since 1993. However, an hour of straight down-tempo is hard to take all the time, and that’s what you have here. It’s easier to say that the entire album makes a consistent, compelling point than it is to select single tracks that impress. The recording quality are standard for a major label release and if you are a fan of this band we can find no reason not to recommend purchasing this album.










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