BY RONI DOHRMAN
On Sept. 6, alternative, indie rock group Wilco released their tenth studio album “Schmilco”.
Wilco made their debut in the early 1990s and have continued to maintain a strong fan following even to this day due to their uniqueness and originality. Every one of their albums has its own distinct style, displaying Wilco’s artistic ability and creativity. This album is an interesting change from the band’s previous album “Star Wars”, since it has a completely different sound. While “Star Wars“ displays Wilco’s psychedelic, experimental rock side, “Schmilco” features acoustic melodies and the band’s folk style.
This album is unlike others, because it is much more personal and revolves solely around lead singer Jeff Tweedy’s experiences and remembrances while growing up. The record opens with “Normal American Kids” based on Tweedy’s adolescent memories sung in a soft melody. It then swiftly shifts to the upbeat “If I Ever Was a Child”, taking us further back into his early childhood days, which he sings about as a “a haunted stain that will never fade” in the chorus of the song.
Notable tracks on the album include “Cry All Day” which unravels the emotional feelings he experienced in his youth, and the last track “Just Say Goodbye”, which is the most suitable closing song since it revolves around having to saying our goodbyes and signals the end of the album.
Wilco has contributed greatly to the rock music industry and continues to surprise fans with their ability to create new and different material. This new album unveils a softer, more personal side of the band through the use of an acoustic guitar.
For more information, check out the band’s website at: http://wilcoworld.net/schmilco/