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Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1994 by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure. Wilco's lineup changed frequently during its first decade, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. Since early 2004, the lineup has been unchanged, consisting of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Wilco has released eight studio albums, a live double album, and four collaborations: three with Billy Bragg and one with The Minus 5.

Wilco's music has been inspired by a wide variety of artists and styles, including Bill Fay, The Beatles and Television, and has in turn influenced music by a number of modern alternative rock acts. The band continued in the alternative country of Uncle Tupelo on its debut album A.M. (1995), but has since introduced more experimental aspects to their music, including elements of alternative rock and classic pop. Wilco's musical style has evolved from a 1990s country rock sound to a current "eclectic indie rock collective that touches on many eras and genres."

Wilco garnered media attention for its fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002), and the controversy surrounding it. After the recording sessions were complete, Reprise Records rejected the album and dismissed Wilco from the label. As part of a buy-out deal, Reprise gave Wilco the rights to the album for free. After streaming Foxtrot on its website, Wilco sold the album to Nonesuch Records in 2002. Both record labels are subsidiaries of Warner Music Group, leading one critic to say the album showed "how screwed up the music business is in the early twenty-first century." Yankee Hotel Foxtrot is Wilco's most successful release to date, selling over 670,000 copies. Wilco won two Grammy Awards for their fifth studio album, 2004's A Ghost Is Born, including Best Alternative Music Album. Wilco's most recent studio album, The Whole Love, was released on September 27, 2011.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 A.M. Wilco 4 2
1996 Being There Wilco 5 3
1998 Mermaid Avenue Billy Bragg & Wilco 4.5 4
1999 Summerteeth Wilco 2
2000 Mermaid Avenue, Volume II Billy Bragg & Wilco 3
2002 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco 4.75 5
2004 A Ghost Is Born Wilco 4 5
2004 The Wilco Book CD Wilco 1
2007 Sky Blue Sky Wilco 7
2009 Wilco (The Album) Wilco 4 4
2011 The Whole Love Wilco 5

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 A Sampler Compilation Wilco 1
2012 Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions Compilation Billy Bragg & Wilco 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Kicking Television: Live in Chicago Live Wilco 3
2009 Ashes of American Flags Live Wilco 1
2012 iTunes Session Live Wilco 1
2009-07-13: Keyspan Park, Brooklyn, NY, USA Live Wilco 1
2009-11-04: HMV Forum, London, UK Live Wilco 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 Box Full of Letters Wilco 1
1997 Outtasite (Outta Mind) Wilco 1
1998 Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key Billy Bragg & Wilco 2
1999 A Shot in the Arm Wilco 1
1999 Can't Stand It Wilco 2
2002 War on War Wilco 1
2004 I'm a Wheel Wilco 1
2007 What Light Wilco 1
2009 You Never Know Wilco 1
2011 I Might / I Love My Label Wilco 1
2011 Born Alone Wilco 1
2012 Me avivé Wilco 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 She Came Along to Me Billy Bragg & Wilco 1
2002 More Like the Moon EP Wilco 2
2011 Speak Into the Rose Wilco 1

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