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Wilco's Schmilco is a mostly acoustic record, but that doesn't mean it's a tame one. It bears neither the vicious, fuzz-glam guitars of 2015's Star Wars, nor the dazzling, baroque-ish arrangements that fans have come to expect. But in their place is a spaciousness and chaos that might feel welcome after twenty-some years of enjoyed but now-familiar Wilco releases. Schmilco is loose, and that's a good thing.
Schmilco is Grammy-award winning Wilco's 10th studio album and their follow-up to 2015's Star Wars. Schmilco features 12 new songs written by Jeff Tweedy and was recorded at the band's Chicago loft.
The album's name is a nod to the Harry Nilsson album Nilsson Schmilsson. The artwork was created by illustrator Joan Cornellà in collaboration with Stefania Lusini.
"I think this record is 'joyously negative'," Tweedy said. "It's sad in a lot of ways but not in any that reach a conclusion of doom or hopelessness I just had a lot of fun being sour about the things that upset me."
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1. Normal American Kids
2. If I Ever Was A Child
3. Cry All Day
4. Common Sense
6. Someone To Lose
10. Shrug And Destroy
11. We Aren't The World (Safety Girl)
12. Just Say Goodbye