Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - 2021 report by Whydis

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

EU 2 x LP pressing. Fourth album by critically-lauded alt.country act, delayed by contractual wrangles since June 2001. An experimental pop record in the vein of psychedelic-period Beatles or Beach Boys, produced in Chicago by the band, and inspired ...

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Radio cure

(60 reviews)
Cd

(54 reviews)
Rock

(35 reviews)
Music

(99 reviews)
Pop

(47 reviews)
Record

(75 reviews)
Sound

(54 reviews)
Band

(73 reviews)
Wilco

(90 reviews)
Lyric

(54 reviews)
Melody

(46 reviews)
Nature

(4 reviews)
Acclaim

(11 reviews)
Noise

(26 reviews)
Avenue

(9 reviews)
Escape singe

(6 reviews)
People

(25 reviews)
Building shake

(10 reviews)
Innocence

(7 reviews)
Places

(52 reviews)
Heart

(91 reviews)

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Reviews around radio cure (4.51 of 5)

  • Who Loves You), others are electronica rockers (War on War), and yet others are dark and spacey (Radio Cure).
  • "Radio cure" is such a haunting, almost elegaic tune, as if we're tuning in on a bad A.M. radio transmission from a man adrift thousands of miles away on an ocean of static, desperately trying to reconnect to his world by writing a song (a radio cure).
  • Some songs that really got to me on this album were Radio Cure and Reservations.
  • Radio Cure gets a little dark and noisy again, and I love Jesus, Etc., one of Wilco's best tunes and kind of a signature song/hit for them.
  • Little sound effects in songs like Radio Cure and (my favorite track
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Reviews around cd (4.34 of 5)

  • It's not my favorite CD, but it's essential to any music lover's collection
  • so I ws going out on a tightly budgeted limb when I saw YHF in my local (useless) cd store and ecided to give it a try
  • It's ironic that this band, which was technologically savvy enough to to stream Yankee Hotel Foxtrot from their Web site while looking for a label , ultimately released a CD apparently so flawed that it cannot be played on a PC!
  • I had heard all the hype surrounding this CD for months before it's release, so I was unsure what to expect
  • For me, it was the best CD I picked up last year in a good year for sublabel and independent music.
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Reviews around rock (4.32 of 5)

  • Alright, all lyrical, complex rock pretty much begins and ends with Bobby
  • YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT is far removed from the hard rock/country hybrids created by Jeff Tweedy's former band Uncle Tupelo
  • This is the type of music that anyone who likes a good rock album could potentially like, even if Wilco doesn't seem like your cup of tea.
  • This album perfectly balances rocking-out and slowing it down for simply beautiful music.
  • There can be no doubt that right now Wilco is America's Best Rock and Roll Band.
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Reviews around music (4.28 of 5)

  • Because you did that, we real music fans that don't like Linkin park and that
  • Maybe this album would be good if you were used to listening to really crappy music for an exstensive period of time and than discovered that coldplay is a really sad excuse of a band, and you put away your interpol cd's because you finally realized that they are a joy division ripoff but way worse.
  • There are some very cool things about the album and some very complex music but come on...give it a rest with the gratuitous Pink Floyd rip
  • like some switch flipped and I believed in good music all over again
  • The music is so fresh,though,that at first listening I hated it
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Reviews around pop (4.19 of 5)

  • Buy this record and remind yourself how great Pop can be.
  • It's not your average shallow pop music, so those who just want to listen to whining should probably skip it.
  • & "Ashes of American Flags" others are great pop pieces.
  • Yankee Hotel Foxtrot has some of the catchier pop songs I've heard in quite some time.
  • An enjoyable pop number, much in the vein of "Heavy Metal Drummer"
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Reviews around record (3.97 of 5)

  • if this had been the released version, YHF would easily be the best record of the first half of the decade.
  • This record was designed to make you think, so if that isn't a problem for you, then I can't recommend this record enough.
  • I can only ruin this record by writing some hokey review
  • The emotion/character and the songs are what make "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" a great record
  • If you can do it, you will be rewarded by a very enjoyable, smart record
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Reviews around sound (3.85 of 5)

  • scribble beautiful lugubrious telepathic sounds on Tweedy's tongue and out emanate these breathtaking songs
  • It sounds amazing on my record player, a rich, clean and full sound
  • It has a simple melody and chord structure, but the sharp lyrics and wild sounds come together for something really interesting, really moving
  • The last song is just "pretty" like Wilco saying you made it through the album and now it will just nice, peaceful sounds
  • Taking average songs and adding annoying sounds to each track doesn't make them extraordinary.
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Reviews around band (3.80 of 5)

  • However, creative tensions during the recording sessions led to two members leaving the band.
  • I know they are a critically acclaimed band and this disc has really been blown up.
  • Wilco is probably the best band that many people have never heard of.
  • Jeff Tweedy's band following the break-up of Uncle Tupelo.
  • When Wilco refused to make any changes, the band purchased the rights to the recordings and left the label.
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Reviews around wilco (3.50 of 5)

  • This is by far my favorite Wilco album, but it is more than that.
  • I just found out that Wilco was sued for using the "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" soundbite without permission
  • I liked Wilco before this album, but YHF made a believer of me
  • Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" is the best album I have heard this year and the best album Wilco has ever made
  • I just found out that Wilco was sued for using the "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" soundbite without permission.
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Reviews around lyric (3.25 of 5)

  • The lyrics are amazing and the music itself incredible.
  • Take a lead singer with a deep, monotonous voice, some accoustic guitar, and combine them with meaningless lyrics and some sound effects that could have come from an early 1970's Pink Floyd album, and this is the result
  • I want to hear Jeff sing, I want to hear harmonies, I want to hear great musicianship and brilliant lyrics.
  • The violin effect, Tweedy's pained, cracking voice, and beautiful lyrics come together to form the perfect amalgam needed for a brilliant song
  • I sincerely DO love everything about this album; the lyrics, the music, the packaging, everything
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Reviews around melody (3.16 of 5)

  • tuned to chords strung down your cheeks, / & bitter melodies, turning your orbit around
  • " belies the dark poignancy of the lyric: "Bitter melodies turning your orbit around."
  • For instance the chorus to "Jesus Etc.""Tall buildings shake voices escape singing sad sad songs tuned to chords strummed down your cheeks bitter melodies, turning your orbit around" makes little sense taken literally but is so catchy and the lyrics are amazing when you hear them sung
  • Wilco has always been known for its simple chord progressions and smooth, catchy melodies.
  • The melodies are catchy enough that it's perfect for driving around in the summer, but the lyrics are profound enough to listen to while chilling in your room
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Reviews around nature (2.54 of 5)

  • Put it all together seamlessly, as pure as
  • Tweedy is an accomplished songwriter with a distinctive voice, but he is not a visionary, and his material is nowhere near as strong as that belonging to songwriters such as Will Oldham, Mark Everett, or even to Radiohead, the band to which Wilco is so often compared
  • the bouncier tracks, like "radio cure", and "heavy metal drummer" break up the dense, sullen nature of this record
  • Critics jumped on this with good reviews due to it's "eccentric nature", short-wave radio theme, and the band's trouble getting this album released.

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Reviews around acclaim (2.37 of 5)

  • Not really if you think about it; because remember, Wilco's record lable did not want to release this album at first listen, but through the act of bidding wars(that usually go on for great albums like this one), the group was signed to another record lable and have become more of a mainstream band, and have gained more acclaim because of it.
  • I think Wilco earned critical acclaim for "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" in much the same way
  • Nothing about this demands or begs for flash-in-the-pan success, critical acclaim, or fawning over at its beauty and wonder.
  • When the album was finally released, it was met with universal critical acclaim and, to add a delicious bit of irony, has gone on to be the most commercially successful Wilco album yet
  • Tweedy is an accomplished songwriter with a distinctive voice, but he is not a visionary, and his material is nowhere near as strong as that belonging to songwriters such as Will Oldham, Mark Everett, or even to Radiohead, the band to which Wilco is so often compared
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Reviews around noise (1.97 of 5)

  • Several years removed from their alt-country past, Wilco delivered a record that is more readily accessible than say Radiohead's 1997 masterwork, OK Computer (the other record that Foxtrot is often compared to) and one that never crumbles under its weighty material moving strength to strength behind the band's noise inflected, sometimes languid but always intriguing songs
  • but then you realize that the noise makes the songs more rewarding
  • ONe thing that's really just buggin me is how so many people are putting down the electronic buzzing and hissing and humming noises, and it's true that this is not as album where you just listen to a few songs, you have to listen to the whole thing all the way
  • The noise is interesting & cool, but without the rest it will just sit on the shelf instead of in the CD player
  • Unlike some bands, Wilco even makes "noise" sound like an essential part of the music--it isn't artsy-fartsy at all.
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Reviews around avenue (1.95 of 5)

  • V good
  • An example, from "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart": "I am an American aquarium drinker / I assassin down the avenue
  • Tweedy is an accomplished songwriter with a distinctive voice, but he is not a visionary, and his material is nowhere near as strong as that belonging to songwriters such as Will Oldham, Mark Everett, or even to Radiohead, the band to which Wilco is so often compared
  • With lines like "I, assassin down the avenue" and "Take your band-aid off, cause I don't believe in touchdowns" it's a wonder anyone cares what the music sounds like.
  • Put it all together seamlessly, as pure as
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Reviews around escape singe (1.95 of 5)

  • Tweedy is an accomplished songwriter with a distinctive voice, but he is not a visionary, and his material is nowhere near as strong as that belonging to songwriters such as Will Oldham, Mark Everett, or even to Radiohead, the band to which Wilco is so often compared
  • ("tall buildings shake/voices escape singing sad, sad songs")
  • Take these lyrics and see if you catch my drift: 'Tall buildings shake/voices escape singing sad sad songs.'
  • Put it all together seamlessly, as pure as
  • " with it's chorus of "tall buildings shake, voices escape singing sad, sad songs" and the following "War on War" and "Ashes of the American Flag
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Reviews around people (1.91 of 5)

  • Ultimately, I think people will find that he still refuses to censor himself.
  • Ever since, I've been listening to it over and over, trying to figure out what people find so great about it
  • This seems to be one of those discs that people love it or hate it
  • So many people recommended it to me that I went out and bought it without hearing a single track.
  • Many bands evolve over time, and I hate people who cry about it.
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Reviews around building shake (1.54 of 5)

  • Put it all together seamlessly, as pure as
  • Tweedy is an accomplished songwriter with a distinctive voice, but he is not a visionary, and his material is nowhere near as strong as that belonging to songwriters such as Will Oldham, Mark Everett, or even to Radiohead, the band to which Wilco is so often compared
  • " with the lyrics "tall buildings shake, voices escape singing sad, sad songs
  • and I'm not going to try any harder than that to say what Tweedy says so much better with lyrics like, "tall buildings shake, / voices escape, singing sad sad songs
  • Tall buildings shake, voices escape singing sad sad songs.
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Reviews around innocence (1.38 of 5)

  • The lyrics, music and sounds capture a mood of high anxiety, sadness and lost innocence
  • ("I miss the innocence I've known/playing KISS covers/beautiful and stoned"
  • Heavy Metal Drummer" is a catchy, light tune with a touch of melancholy ("I miss the innocence I've known/ Playing KISS covers, beautiful and stoned...").
  • Oh and Mr. Tweedy heavy metal was popular 10 years and you wouldn't miss your innocence if you weren't going drugs and drinking as your lyrics suggest.
  • I miss the innocence I've known, playing Kiss covers, beautiful and stoned" Yes Jeff, where have those days gone...
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Reviews around places (1.15 of 5)

  • "Radio Cure" and "Poor Places" are perfect--just perfect--for when you're sad.
  • If you have a chance to hear just one track from the album, perhaps the most representative is Poor Places
  • I tended to skip over "I am trying to break your heart", "Ashes of American Flags", and "Poor Places"
  • Ashes.." and "Poor Places" are especially poignant and rewarding
  • Only a few seemed a little too aimless for my taste, like Pot Kettle Black and some of Poor Places
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Reviews around heart (1.11 of 5)

  • The album over all is very diversified from psychadelic echoe type music (like "I am Trying to Break Your Heart") to jingly catchy tunes (like "I'm the man Who Loves You")
  • Tweedy is an accomplished songwriter with a distinctive voice, but he is not a visionary, and his material is nowhere near as strong as that belonging to songwriters such as Will Oldham, Mark Everett, or even to Radiohead, the band to which Wilco is so often compared
  • I am trying to break your heart make the album really interesting
  • Iam trying to break your heart' works well with its enriched sounds that are very 'Enoish', 'Kamera' is more upbeat Wilco, 'War on War' continues with the poppiness,'Heavy metal drummer' is really a dancy beat/rootsy song, etc
  • From the first song "I am trying to break your heart" thru "Reservations"
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More about Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

  • EU 2 x LP pressing
  • Fourth album by critically-lauded alt.country act, delayed by contractual wrangles since June 2001
  • An experimental pop record in the vein of psychedelic-period Beatles or Beach Boys, produced in Chicago by the band, and inspired by their obsession with mysterious radio broadcasts
  • The album's title comes from YHF, a short-wave radio station operated by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.