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- Being There by Wilco
9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 27th July 2015
"Being There" was the second album by Wilco and was released in 1996. I think it's their best album, it's a proper double album too. There are hints of the experimentation they used so freely on later recordings on songs such as opener "Misunderstood" but on the whole it's a much more rootsy American rock album.
"Far Far Away" is a lovely laid back acoustic country number with emotive pedal steel, it kicks off a run of brilliant songs. It is followed by the stonesy rocker "Monday" which is one of the best tracks on the album and one of the Wilco's best songs full stop. Then there's "Outtasite (Outta Mind)" which has a similar rocking swagger to "Monday". "Forget The Flowers" is a more uptempo country number. The quality doesn't really diminish on disc one, it's pretty much perfect. "What's The World Got In Store" deserves a mention too.
Disc two isn't quite as good but definitely has it's moments. "Sunken Treasure" is a gorgeous ballad, "Someday Soon" sounds like it could have been on Dylan and The Band's "Basement Tapes" and talking of The Band "Kingpin" is clearly influenced by their late sixties output. There's a few Faces style ramshackle numbers "Dreamer In My Dreams" being the most striking one. "Outta Mind (Outta Sight)" is a bit of daft version of the similarly titled song from disc one and sounds a bit like the Sesame Street theme.
It's nearly 20 years old, it's a classic in my mind.
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