I’ve been on a big Wilco kick the last week or so. I guess I got kind of egged on by the free download for the new Star Wars album. I’ve been going back and listening to some of their older stuff on Tidal, even though I have everything except the new one on CD. (God, I can’t believe what I’ve turned into — too freaking lazy to dig out my CDs most of the time.)
I’m transported back 20 years ago when A.M. came out — and remember the collective shrug that greeted its release. I sure didn’t like it much — and thought Son Volt’s Trace kicked its ass. I still like Trace but have really came around on A.M. in the last 5 years — “Pick Up the Change,” “Passenger Side,” and “I Thought I Held You” are pretty decent songs. Yeah, it’s straight ahead alt-country, but it holds up. The “hit” — “Box Full of Letters” — is kind of cute for those of us that wrote or received love letters and remember trying to sort out “merged” album collections after break-ups.
Anyway, can you think of an album you initially dismissed, but have come to appreciate? I look forward to your responses.