Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Alpha Mike Foxtrot

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Alpha Mike Foxtrot

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Wilco (Nonesuch, 2014)


Wilco is still flying high after two decades. The Chicago band is well liked by critics, enjoys a growing fan base without a hit single to its name, and even has its own music festival. Last year front man Jeff Tweedy appeared on NBC's Parks & Recreation, a sign of the band's current visibility in pop culture.

Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014, which marks Wilco's 20th anniversary, is a nostalgic look at how far the band has come since its humble Midwestern beginnings. The four-disc set is billed as a collection of "rare tracks," though many of the songs--demos, covers, live performances, and alternate cuts--have been released before in some form or another.

The songs are in chronological sequence, and like Wilco's other records, they are best experienced in order. As a whole, they trace the band's remarkable journey from flannel-clad alt country rock to the inventive, genre-bending sound they've become known for in recent years. …

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