Best of ’11: Wilco

WilcoThe Best Songs You (Maybe) Didn’t Hear 2011
Track 15: Wilco, “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)”

There’s a lot to love about Wilco’s 8th proper studio album, The Whole Love: the electric squall of “Art Of Almost”; the fuzzy stomp of “I Might”; and the conscious sonic shout-outs to the sounds of their classic albums Being There and Summerteeth, like “Dawned On Me” and “Born Alone”; but the song I love most is the tender, 12-minute, album-closing “One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend).” The song’s country-flavored stroll is the perfect stage for Tweedy’s deliciously ambiguous lyrics about a father/son relationship, and the interplay between Tweedy’s and Nels Cline’s guitars is exquisite.

And it *is*, in fact, written for author Jane Smiley’s boyfriend. Details here.

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