With a burst of distortion, Wilco delivers a sonic blast at the outset of “The Whole Love” that’s a sign of what is to come over the 12 songs that span the spectrum from plaintive ballad to all-out rockers.
Diverse and yet cohesive, “The Whole Love” has more in common with 2002’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” than the band’s previous two releases, especially 2009’s inconsistent “Wilco (The Album).”
You can almost feel the band stretching out in the studio, breaking out the Mellotron, multiple guitars, strings and keyboards, meshing them perfectly with songwriter and lead vocalist Jeff Tweedy’s lyrics.
The record closes with “One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend),” an epic 12-minute heartfelt meditation that’s Tweedy at his best.
— By SCOTT BAUER, AP