Maybe the sun will shine today.. are the first words on the first lyrics on this finely-crafted work of music. It ruined me and saved me many times over since before it was released up until late summer of this year. It was recorded in 2007 in the same Chicago studio loft shown in their film "I am Trying to Break Your Heart" which was released in 2002. The record is reminiscent of Wilco's earlier work that is loyal to the band's country music influences.
"Impossible Germany" is probably the track that I found most influential at a personal level. My reaction to the song is triggered from excitement and fear of where you're next footstep will land among other things... Musically, I should first mention that the guitar solo towards the end of the song is relentless. If you've never heard this song and you're not much of a Wilco fan, I recommend you give this long song a chance and experience the winding solo. The earlier guitars in the song are fleeting, soothing, and best described as what a perfectly tied pair of shoe laces feels like. You may not understand. Thats ok.
The first three tracks are really where it's at. Also, "Hate it Here" is actually funny, if you have the right sense of humor. "Walken, There's a Light, and On and on and on" are also strong.
Once again, this is a post inspired by request.
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