Kicking Television: Live In Chicago review by Wilco

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  • Released: Nov 15, 2005
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.6 (14 votes)
Wilco: Kicking Television: Live In Chicago

Sound — 10
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.

Lyrics — 10
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.

Overall Impression — 10
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.

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