The debut album of this ex-Uncle Tupelo alt. country outfit was received pretty poorly at the time, especially when put up against the debut of Son Volt, the other band to come from Tupelo’s ashes.
But time has more than vindicated Wilco, who have arguably gone on to have a far more varied and interesting career, and this debut is far stronger than its tepid reception would have you think. More straightforwardly country than their later works, there are some cracking songs.
READ: I’m not alone in reassessing this, either. Pitchfork’s 7/10 review here is a pretty good summation of the album’s strengths.
WATCH: A great full live show from the band back in 1996.