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YMMV / Wilco

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  • Covered Up: The concept behind the the Mermaid Avenue albums.
  • Epic Riff: "Spiders (Kidsmoke)* is basically a pretext for a massive one of these, which forms almost the entire musical material of the chorus.
  • Epileptic Trees: Some reviewers and fans saw the songs Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as being about the 9/11 attacks, even though the album was recorded before the attacks happened.
  • Face of the Band: Jeff Tweedy.
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  • Growing the Beard: Their first album, A.M. sold poorly and was not well-received by critics, being generally regarded as watered-down Uncle Tupelo. Being There is where the band really grew the beard for fans.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "Tall buildings shake, voices escape singing sad sad songs" ("Jesus, Etc.").
  • More Popular Spinoff: To Uncle Tupelo, in terms of sales.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was made at a time when Tweedy was addicted to painkillers for his migraines as well as alcohol, in addition to the above-mentioned drama with his label. Since then he's kicked both (as well as quit smoking), enjoying modest commercial success as well as a stable home life; the music since then reflects the shift. There's a section of the fandom whose reaction to this is They Changed It, Now It Sucks! (calling Sky Blue Sky "dad-rock" is one of the more diplomatic assessments).
    • Some have speculated that his "Tweedy" side project with his son is a Take That! to those who leveled the "dad rock" charge.


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