Magazine article U.S. Catholic

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Magazine article U.S. Catholic

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Jeff Tweedy (dBpm Records, 2018)

This album is a sort of companion volume to Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy's memoir, Let's Go (So We Can Get Back). But it's not an archival recapitulation of Tweedy's career. Instead it features allusive musical ruminations circling around the same life themes that dominate the book, such as family dysfunction, pain, and addiction.

The rock star memoir has become a major publishing trend among boomer icons in recent years. But if there is a Gen X rocker who's earned a place among all those boomers, it would be Jeff Tweedy. For one thing, with his high school buddy, Jay Farrar, he founded Uncle Tupelo and invented alt-country. Then, with Wilco, he's managed to keep the guitar-band alive in the hip-hop era, hovered around the edges of mainstream success, and still kept an experimental edge.

Musically, Tweedy and Wilco have always set up a tension between rootsy instrumentation and poppy tunefulness, with occasional injections of chaotic feedback and noise. …

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