Kicking Television: Live In Chicago Review

artist: wilco date: 07/25/2006 category: compact discs
wilco: Kicking Television: Live In Chicago
Release Date: Nov 15, 2005
Label: Nonesuch
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Experimental Rock
Number Of Tracks: 23
Kicking Television: Live In Chicago, recorded during four shows at the Windy City's Vic Theater, offers a welcome second perspective on the band's more recent work.
 Sound: 9.5
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Overall rating:
 9.5 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.4 
 Users rating:
 9.6 
 Votes:
 12 
reviews (2) user comments vote for this album:
overall: 10
Kicking Television: Live In Chicago Reviewed by: viktoroxxx, on january 17, 2006
3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: Finally, a concert album was delivered by Wilco, demonstrating the presence and gorgeous orchestration of the band. Wilco's known for how well the recreate their studio sound onstage, with the same complexity, effects, etc. The mix of mellow and high energy songs are all complemented by the inimitable playing of Nels Cline, an indie jazz guitarist. The band is incredibly tight and together, feeling eachothers dynamics very well. // 10

Lyrics: Jeff Tweedy's lyrics have always been beautifully written, personal, and generally complex. There's much response from the rest of the band with his singing, adding the right accents in all the right places. Tweedy isn't an amazing vocalist, but his real yet mellow tone is fitting with the music. // 10

Overall Impression: Compared to Wilco's studio-recorded albums, I really can't say. There are different qualities on both sides. Guitar is more prominent in Kicking Television, and with more of an interesting fuzz tone. The version of "Misunderstood" from their 1996 album "Being There" is fantastic, and makes a great first song. When they do "At Least That's What You Said" from their latest studio album, "A Ghost Is Born," it's arguably better than the original, and the rendition of "Radio Cure" from "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" is remarkable. If I lost this album, I would absolutely buy it again. // 10

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overall: 8.7
Kicking Television: Live In Chicago Reviewed by: jwknov29, on july 25, 2006
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Sound: Wilco has been honing their sound for years now. With a line-up that seemed to be constantly changing, the 7-piece seems to have found it's best instrumentation yet. Jeff Tweedy's songwriting has always been at Wilco's core, but addition of superb guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone have really helped to define Wilco's current sound. The band is at its best on Kicking Television, as the tracklist (taken from four live shows) showcases their brilliant style of indie rock. With songs from each album, including the two Mermaid Avenue volumes and excludingt A.M., their debut, Wilco has put together a live album with a variant and pleasing tracklist. They also add a b-side, "Kicking Television," and "Comment," a cover. The quality of the sound is great, and Wilco is on top of their game. // 9

Lyrics: With the exception of "Airline To Heaven," "One By One," and "Comment," all the songs are Wilco originals and therefore written by frontman Jeff Tweedy. His lyrics aren't typical, and sometimes may leave the listener confused. Sometimes his vocals may have that "love 'em or hate 'em" sound to them, but he sings his lyrics like he means them, and sometimes that's what matters most. // 8

Overall Impression: Songs like "Hummingbird" and "Spiders (Kidsmoke)" showcase Nels Cline's soloing prowess, and his talent is unmatched by any previous Wilco guitarist. Crowdpleases like "Jesus, Etc" and "Heavy Metal Drummer" off of 2002's critically acclaimed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot are standouts, as well as tracks such as "Handshake Drugs," "The Late Greats," and "Company in my Back" off of 2004's A Ghost is Born. Finally, throw in "Misunderstood" off of Being There as a fantastic opener, and a healthy dose of tracks from Summerteeth, including "Shot In The Arm" and "Via Chicago," and Wilco deliver a fantastic live record. // 9

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