Kicking Television: Live In Chicago

Album Review of Kicking Television: Live In Chicago by Wilco.

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Kicking Television: Live In Chicago

Wilco

Kicking Television: Live In Chicago by Wilco

Release Date: Nov 15, 2005
Record label: Nonesuch
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Live

80 Music Critic Score
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Kicking Television: Live In Chicago - Very Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

While Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born established Wilco's reputation as one of America's most interesting and imaginative rock bands, both albums were the product of a band in flux, and this was particularly evident to those who saw the group on-stage after the release of YHF. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot may have blazed new sonic trails for Wilco, but the departure of Jay Bennett in the latter stages of its production left the band with an audible hole when they played the new material on-stage, and while multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach may have been a technically skilled player, he looked and sounded like a cold fish in concert, unwittingly emphasizing the cooler surfaces of Wilco's new music and negating much of the passion of Jeff Tweedy's songs. However, by the time Wilco hit the road following the release of A Ghost Is Born, the group's latest round of personnel shakeups had the unexpected but welcome effect of spawning one of the group's best lineups to date; after Bach amicably left Wilco, the addition of keyboard and guitar man Pat Sansone and especially visionary guitarist Nels Cline gave the band players whose energy and passion matched their technical skill, and suddenly the band was playing its challenging new material with the same sweaty force Tweedy and company conjured up in the band's earlier days.

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