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  Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002): Reviews
Yankee confirms what fans have long suspected: Wilco was right, the label was wrong, and the album could be the best of the band's career.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is basically a good album, even a great album if you're in the mood, though if you listen to a lot of hip-hop (or house music or basement bhangra or any other genre not dominated by white people), it probably won't be the most extraordinary album you'll hear all month.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot could be considered a triumph for Wilco because it showed that they didn't need Corporate America to make the album that they wanted to make.
www.metacritic.com /music/artists/wilco/yankeehotelfoxtrot   (1089 words)

 Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot [2002] Shaking Through.net: Music: Review
Chalk one up for those who stick to their guns, because YHF is not only Wilco's finest achievement to date, but a bona fide masterpiece as well.
YHF clarifies all the ideas about chaos, love and the perils of success that ringleader Jeff Tweedy's explored on earlier efforts, while Jim O'Rourke's production reigns in the indulgent tendencies evident on the prior releases, making for a tightly focused yet intricately layered work.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is weighty in its ideas and execution, but it's hardly dour, offering an optimistic outlook throughout.
www.shakingthrough.net /music/reviews/2002/wilco_yankee_hotel_foxtrot_2002.html   (834 words)

  Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - PopMatters Music Review
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a carefully layered, multifaceted album in terms of its sound, music, lyrics, and thematic cohesion -- in short, a great musical achievement.
YHF is a high-traffic station on the network of short-wave radio stations operated by Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency.
With Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, they have certainly done that, moving beyond the corporate structure (a career-ending move ten years ago) to create an album that is very much alive, exploring the boundaries of popular music and the complex nature of communication.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/w/wilco-yankee.shtml   (2997 words)

 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Though "Jesus, Etc." and elements of other songs (in addition to the album cover itself) are sometimes thought to have been created in memory of the September 11th attacks, the entire album was completed before the attacks; September 11, 2001 was in fact the original intended release date for the album.
The More Like the Moon EP (also called Bridge and Australian EP) was originally released a bonus disc to the Australian version of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
The album features recordings from numbers stations, mysterious shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin believed to be operated by government agencies to communicate with spies "in the field", and is named after one of them; a looped recording at the end of "Poor Places" consists of a mechanized female voice reciting "yankee hotel foxtrot" repeatedly.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Yankee_Hotel_Foxtrot   (466 words)

 Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Pitchfork Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
But on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Tweedy becomes what I think he always was: an optimist and a romantic.
The final declaration on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is one of abiding dedication: "I've got reservations 'bout so many things but not about you." There isn't a truer word to be had.
Beneath the great story of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, there are all the tropes and symbols and coincidences of a little mythology; but under that is a fantastic rock record.
pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/w/wilco/yankee-hotel-foxtrot.shtml   (984 words)

 Wilco: Yankee, Hotel, Foxtrot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
YHF was originally slated to be released on Sept. 11, 2001.
With this story alone, YHF becomes the perfect allegory for the soullessness of the music industry and the mass culture it caters to.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is much more than the next logical step for Wilco, it’s a defining musical statement.
www.kleph.com /story/wilco.htm   (1278 words)

 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is a critically-acclaimed album album quick summary:
An album (from latin albus "white", "blank", relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things....
The band ended up releasing the EP to all their fans via the band's website in late 2004, EHandler: no quick summary.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/y/ya/yankee_hotel_foxtrot.htm   (549 words)

 BBC - Folk & Country Review - Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot will undoubtedly fox (sorry) even regular listeners on first listen, but repeated plays show it to be a veritable chinese puzzle: multi-faceted and knowing no recognisable boundaries.
So much so in fact that YHF was rejected by Reprise as too left-field and in the ensuing tensions Tweedy and Co. lost guitarist Jay Bennett and their record deal.
What Wilco realise is that this is all acceptable currency to the global audience and, while retaining a sense of melodic stability is as key to their formula as anything else, they need never aplogise for their increasingly eclectic approach.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/folkcountry/reviews/wilco_yankeehotelfoxtrot.shtml   (942 words)

 Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Album Review)
Though it lay in limbo for the better part of the past year, Wilco’s fourth effort Yankee Hotel Foxtrot drew tremendous praise from critics and fans alike.
Quite frankly, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is the most significant album to hit the rock world since Nirvana’s Nevermind — not to take anything away from Radiohead.
Lyrically, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot inhabits the same alt-country world of heartache and loss from which Wilco has always drawn — that is, the long, sorrowful road of America’s greatest folk singers.
www.musicbox-online.com /wil-yhf.html   (481 words)

 * Dusted Reviews - Wilco *
The first story began late last August, when Wilco ended its six-year relationship with Reprise records after the label decided that Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was not "commercially viable" enough to be released as it was.
Kotche is one of the most melodic and expressive drummers you’ve never heard of, and he is equally comfortable alongside the free-jazz of Rob Mazurek and Ken Vandermark in the Sinister Luck Ensemble as he is amongst the wistful country odes of Edith Frost.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s opener, "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart", coalesces from a bit of fuzz and tinkle into a drunken ode, a piano-rock plea for tenderness, that records the trajectory of those fateful evenings when, a couple of drinks in, we are eloquent, graceful, and at times, even romantic.
www.dustedmagazine.com /reviews/138   (844 words)

 WILCO-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
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.
Listening to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is like tuning into a distant radio station that plays the coolest music and whose signal occasionally fades in and out and periodically overlaps with competing signals, resulting in sonic dissonance.
Yankee Hotel Trot proves that the band is still overflowing with interesting and provocative musical ideas and conclusively demonstrates why Wilco is one of the most essential bands on the pop music scene today.
members.cox.net /mpetersen1/wilco_yankee.htm   (476 words)

 Wilco MP3 Downloads - Wilco Music Downloads - Wilco Music Videos
The long-anticipated Yankee Hotel Foxtrot continues their genre-jumping and worthwhile experimentation.
The true high points of the album are when the songwriting is at its most introspective, as it is during the heartwrenching "Ashes of American Flags," which takes on an eerie poignancy in the wake of the attacks at the World Trade Center.
The anticipation surrounding Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's release was inescapable back in 2002.
www.mp3.com /albums/481924/summary.html   (493 words)

 Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Pitchfork Record Review
But the unique circumstances of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot's long deliverance make for more than just pointless disc jockey chatter before spinning "Heavy Metal Drummer." The long delay and streaming audio conspired to ensure that everyone in the world has already heard Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in part, if not in its entirety.
The final declaration on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is one of abiding dedication: "I've got reservations 'bout so many things but not about you." There isn't a truer word to be had.
Beneath the great story of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, there are all the tropes and symbols and coincidences of a little mythology; but under that is a fantastic rock record.
www.pitchforkmedia.com /record-reviews/w/wilco/yankee-hotel-foxtrot.shtml   (1119 words)

 Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot ---Ink Blot Magazine
After the success of that ambitious double album, Wilco began to trade some of their country elements for more classic pop sounds on Summer Teeth, with the entire band for the first time sharing all the songwriting credits.
Reprise hated it, drove the band from the label when they refused to re-record it, and ended up sheepishly bidding to win the album back when that ever-elusive "buzz" landed on it in 2002.
Foxtrot's 11 tracks are filled with hazy-in-a-good-way dreamscape vocals and triptastic tonal experimentation.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/Wilco_YHF.htm   (450 words)

 PopMatters Music Feature | The Wilco You Weren't Supposed to Hear
How the 21 tracks that comprise the YHF Demos were surreptitiously swiped from the studio and made available over the Internet is certainly a story in itself.
Renee Dechert wrote an extensive review of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot for PopMatters, forwarding the thesis that, conceptually, the album reflects the difficulties and uncertainties of human communication.
If nothing else, the YHF Demos show us that, behind all the bells and whistles, Wilco is still a group of guys (even if I can't name them all) who still have to re-tune their guitars and put their pants on one leg at a time.
www.popmatters.com /music/features/040806-wilco.shtml   (1652 words)

 Splendid Magazine reviews Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
You'd think that the (initial) pre-release hype surrounding the record would have changed their tunes -- but alas, poor judgement won out, and Wilco suddenly found themselves pitted against a headstrong major-label that not only refused to release their record (not in its intended form, anyway), but retained its ownership rights to boot.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed and the band was allowed to buy their record back from the folks who, by the looks of it anyway, seemed more than willing to forsake the band's artistic integrity to fuel their own financial gain.
Now, nearly a year after its intended release date, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the little record that almost never was, will be unleashed on a record-buying public that, to put it mildly, awaits its release with open arms.
www.splendidezine.com /review.html?reviewid=3226326019719108   (479 words)

 Rolling Stone : Yankee Hotel Foxtrot : Review
This is how screwed up the music business is in the early twenty-first century: Last summer, after completing their fourth and best studio album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, alternative-country idols Wilco delivered the record to their label, Reprise.
One of the most talked-about records of the past year, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was rumored to be crackpot pop -- Radiohead's Kid A dressed in flannel and cow pie.
In Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Tweedy, bassist John Stirratt, keyboard-guitar player Leroy Bach and drummer Glenn Kotche actually bring you the enchanting sound of things falling apart -- and gingerly, doggedly coming together again.
www.rollingstone.com /reviews/album/322307/yankee_hotel_foxtrot   (790 words)

 +++ neumu [ the drama you've been craving ]
The "YHF Demos" are the great lost Wilco album —; now if only someone would release them.
The ink that says "Wilco YHF Demos" is slightly smeared on the home-printed white cover of the CD that arrived the other day.
It's hard to generalize, but a lot of this album seems to be lamenting a romance that didn't work out; beyond that, Tweedy seems to be catching the disillusionment that many feel now — both disillusionment and nostalgia for a past that we likely recall via romanticized memories ("Heavy Metal Drummer").
www.neumu.net /drama/2002/2002-00030/2002-00030_drama.shtml   (1110 words)

 The Handy (Mostly Cannibalized) Guide to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Of all of the albums that i've been excited about this year, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot suddenly turned into the Holy Grail, and i had my doubts on whether it was even truly finished, turning it into the Beatles' Everest or the Beach Boys Smile.
Now i have some of the tracks from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and i can say honestly that the guy at Reprise who said that this album was awful and would ruin Wilco's career is a fucking idiot.
With the sequencing that Yankee Hotel Foxtrot seems to have, the ones that i worried might be weaker are getting props from their neighbors, and creating a great flow sonically and lyrically.
www.geocities.com /badgerminor/wilcoyhf.htm   (1820 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Music: Wilco   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Mixed by studio experimentalist Jim O'Rourke and produced by the band, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot harkens back to a time when the words "pop" and "sonic adventurism" weren't mutually exclusive.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, released in 2002, received forthing praise from the band's fans, and to this day is reproduced almost in its entirety at most recent live shows - only three of its songs are missing from their recent live album, Kicking Television.
A wierd, brilliant mix of songs, although their latest offering Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was a bit of a dissapointment.
www.amazon.co.uk /Yankee-Hotel-Foxtrot-Wilco/dp/B00005YXZH   (1363 words)

 bt.etree.org | Community Tracker - Details for torrent "Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos"
With Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Jeff Tweedy drew a line in the sand.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is, perhaps, his way of declaring himself a major artist, as daring as those who clearly have inspired him, including The Beatles and Brian Wilson.
Only, for me, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot turned out to be one of those albums that you appreciate intellectually, that you know is "good" and that you should like, only you never seem to play it.
bt.etree.org /details.php?id=4064   (1283 words)

 DOA - Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot emerges after an amicable split between the band and its label Reprise.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot picks up where Summerteeth left off.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was mixed by Jim O'Rourke, the musician, producer, and experimental mastermind behind dozens of groups, including Sonic Youth and Stereolab.
www.adequacy.net /review.php?reviewid=3781   (406 words)

 Popular Music and Society: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Sound Recording Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
No matter what happens from here on out to Wilco's ballyhooed new recording Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, its genesis will always be a parable for the lunacy of the music industry.
Wilco upped the ante by streaming the full disc on their website, banking that, contrary to industry wonks who decry the negative sales effects of pirating, early exposure would increase interest and sales.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot has been praised as a balm for virtually everything that ails us, up to and including Britney Spears, Creed, and Matchbox 20; but we're in far too deep for one record, no matter how good, to undo all that.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2822/is_3_26/ai_109581276   (367 words)

 Flak Magazine: Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, 04.26.02
Hype already burbles around the long-delayed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the once-and-future record that would end Wilco's career, if such a thing could be dictated by their former label.
In a counter-intuitively canny move originally designed to thwart bootleggers, Wilco distributed mp3s of the songs via their website last fall, allowing plugged-in music fans to live with, love and tell all their friends about this record long before its release date.
Along that progression, YHF is supposed to be their vaunted "experimental" album, for which they recruited avant gardist Jim O'Rourke to man the mixing board.
www.flakmag.com /music/wilco.html   (635 words)

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