CD Review: Wilco "Star Wars"

In surprising fans by releasing an unannounced, free album, Wilco dropped Star Wars, a 33-minute departure from the band’s usually laid-back indie sound in search of straightforward songwriting and subtle distortion.
By Jon D'Auria ,

In surprising fans by releasing an unannounced, free album, Wilco dropped Star Wars, a 33-minute departure from the band’s usually laid-back indie sound in search of straightforward songwriting and subtle distortion. John Stirratt uses a heavy hand on his gain knob and relies on fuzz-driving pedals. Even mellow ballads like “Magnetized” and “You Satellite” achieve crunchy textures and a pleasant hint of string noise that keeps the album continually interesting.