By: Kyle Kreig
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The transition from late Fall into Winter is honestly, pretty terrible. But having a soundtrack to get you through the depressing dreariness make things a hell of a let better.
Enter Wilco’s 1995 debut “AM”. It’s laid back sound, acoustic guitar melodies and vocal parts make enduring the early winters a little more tolerable. In a way, the tracks on this album sound somber but still maintain the ability to bring your mood up. In a way, it’s reflective of the winter season itself. Although cold, dark, and seemingly endless, it will eventually be summer again.
Let’s be honest for a second here. When we’re talking Wilco,”AM” is not usually the first album that comes to mind. It’s usually the classic “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”which is a great album but when it comes to expressing the feeling winter gives you through music then the award goes to “AM”.
The album kicks off with the track “I must be high” which is laid back but still brings energy to the table. From there we move on to the crunchy “Casino Queen” which is a must for any skiing/snowboarding playlist. It’s essential listening for the slopes that will make the first fluffy run of the day that much sweeter.
Usually, I’m not the biggest fan when it comes to country and western music, but Wilco is the only exception. But then again they’re not really country, more of an alternative country which most people now refer to as Americana, or Roots. But whatever you classify their music as, it works. Simply put.
So if the slippery slushy-ness has you feeling shitty throw on some Wilco, it’s guaranteed to make your cold morning commute a whole lot better. Be sure to check out “I must be High”, “Casio Queen” and “Pick up the change” to get a TRUE feel for Wilco’s style. Happy listening!