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One of the offshoots that was created after the infamous breakup of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco has nowadays become a mainstay in the Alternative Rock scene since then and has amassed commercial success and steady critical acclaim. Here are their albums from Worst to Best.

After the noted break up between Jay Ferrar and Jeff Tweedy, both front runners started their own bands and established a rivalry that began with Son Volt's Trace and Wilco's A.M. Unfortunately for Tweedy, A.M. lacked the raw vigor that Ferrar brought to Uncle Tupelo's music. With the failure of A.M. Tweedy resigned to ditch Alt Country entirely and move on to other genre's.

For the last 4 releases Wilco have sat comfortably in a little bubble, unwilling and unmotivated to change anything in their music. This resulted in Schmilco, a dry, boring, all around average album. It's exactly what Wilco wanted; same old, same old.
Wilco (The Album)

Wilco's self-titled effort left a lot to be desired for. Designed as an expression of everything Wilco was and represented; it instead became a representation of what happens when years of critical acclaim go to your head. Uninspired, boring, Wilco (The Album) is nothing more than nothing more and, when compared to Son Volt's American Central Dust, shows that Wilco was far from being "too big to fail".
The Whole Love

The Whole Love was Wilco taking a cold, hard look at themselves and realizing they fucked up. To be completely fair, The Whole Love needed to fix a boat load of thing, but in comparison to their self-titled, it was a hefty improvement. A great album with a lot to offer, but far from their greatest.
Star Wars

Star Wars came as a bit of a surprise to a lot of Wilco fans, being released for free and with little to no promotion. Now, some fans do not like this album, but I think it's great. It mostly "went through the motions" but Star Wars was a great album with a nice consistency and pristine production.
A Ghost is Born

With Tweedy dealing with drug and alcohol issues, A Ghost is Born established itself as a transition period between the Wilco that was, and the Wilco that is. Shamelessly creepy, and downright melancholy, A Ghost is Born was Tweey laying all of his cards on the table, begging for a winning hand.
Being There

Largely an introspective album, Being There was made during a new chapter in Tweedy's life and after the failure of their debut album. With it's introspective lyrics, serene production, and simplistic guitar playing, Being There established that Wilco was not just a knock off from Uncle Tupelo.
Sky Blue Sky

After a 7 year hiatus, Son Volt had returned and released a largely successful concept album. With Wilco's primary rival returning from the grave, both bands would release an album in 2007. After Son Volt's The Search received a substantial amount of positive reception, Wilco went balls deep on Sky Blue Sky in a serious attempt to prevent an "A.M. 2.0". The result was one of Wilco's greatest albums. Sky Blue Sky is beautiful, emotional, and packed with amazing tracks. In comparison to Son Volt's effort, I'd say Wilco won.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

An anthem to the early feelings and fears of the early 2000's, YHF was marred by recording difficulties, financial burdens, and controversial studio interference. Despite all this, including rumors it might never be released, YHF was released to commercial success and critical acclaim. It is now regarded as one of the greatest Alt Rock albums of the 2000's.

The most incredible Wilco release by far. Summerteeth abandoned the usual recording structure of Wilco by having them use effects like over dubbing, instead of recording their music live like their first two albums. With it's psychedelic swing and disjointed production, Summerteeth was Wilco beginning to find a new horizon to explore, reaching massive commercial heights and substantial critical acclaim. It is their greatest work by far.
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