That double disc set opens with an audience member shouting out "they all sound the same", to which Neil replies "it's all one song". By the time the mid point of "Quiet Amplifier" had arrived, I was beginning to think the same thing of "Ode To Joy". "Ode To Sleep" more like!
Whilst this album is far from perfect, and I have a number of "reservations", if you'll forgive the pun, I have come to enjoy it more than either of its two immediate predecessors, "Schmilco" and "Star Wars".
The highlights are the aforementioned "Everybody Hides", "White Wooden Crosses" and "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)", whereas "Quiet Amplifier", "Citizens" and "We Were Lucky" are all forgettable. I think the time has come where the next Wilco album will be stream first rather than purchase first. That same Barrowlands show showed that they can still rock if they want to, I hope they feel the need to capture that energy again on record again in the future.
"You know where the bodies are buried, but you can't remember where you buried the mines..."