From the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, Wilco has become one of America´s finest rock bands, its constantly evolving sound a seamless mix of country, folk, and jolting blues that retains its urgency even during the quieter moments. Not surprisingly, the group has also grown into a potent live act, thanks in large part to newcomer Nels Cline (guitar), whose scorching solos provide the perfect backdrop to singer Jeff Tweedy´s imploring howl. Kicking Television, a double-disc souvenir from a recent four-night stand in Chicago, captures that chemistry perfectly, during both the melancholy strains of ¨I Am Trying to Break Your Heart¨ and the frenetic climax of the album´s finest number, ¨Spiders (Kidsmoke).¨ With pristine clarity, it finds Tweedy at his peak as a stage performer, tearing through Wilco´s formidable catalog with the zeal of a man possessed.
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