As somewhat suspected from the comical cover art and celerity of completion, this seems like a spiritual sequel to a-year-ago's 'Star Wars'. A soberer softie one, sure, but one that sees these confirmed-adept rockers humbly exhibit their acoustic+brush-drum chops with the same laid-back 'tude that charmed on its predecessor. And since they're Wilco we get guitar layering both lush+tight and whiny+rusty, all-around pleasant proficiency except when purposely mucking it up and then it's still aight, an assortment of nice lil touches such as stick-hits and scuzz jams and keyb flourishes. And since they're in nonchalant mellow mode we get a sense of routine passivity, a few true standouts and a few true inessentials, a handful of lines that fall dead flat and a bunch more that do nothin'. Or is that usually just Wilco anyway and the restraint here simply starts to drag?
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