The Whole Love

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The Whole Love
Studio album by Wilco
Released September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 55:40
Label dBpm
Producer Jeff Tweedy, Pat Sansone and Tom Schick[1]
Wilco chronology
Wilco (The Album)
(2009)
The Whole Love
(2011)
Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
(2012) (with Billy Bragg)

The Whole Love is the eighth album by American alternative rock group Wilco, released on September 27, 2011. It is their first album on their own label dBpm.[2] Attendees at Wilco's 2011 Solid Sound Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art from June 24 to 26 could purchase the first single from the album, "I Might".[3] The entire album was streamed live on Wilco's official website for 24 hours between September 3 and 4, 2011,[4] and later streamed on National Public Radio.[5] The album packaging and cover art are pieces by Joanne Greenbaum.[6] On November 30, 2011, the album received a nomination in the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [7]
Entertainment Weekly A−[8]
Paste Magazine 8.5/10[9]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10[10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars [12]
Spin Magazine 8/10[13]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 83, based on 40 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[14]

Uncut placed the album at number 15 on its list of "Top 50 albums of 2011".[15] Rolling Stone magazine rated it as the 8th best album of 2011. Mojo placed the album at number 29 on its list of "Top 50 albums of 2011."[16]

Track listings[edit]

Compact Disc[edit]

All songs written and composed by Jeff Tweedy, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Art of Almost"   7:17
2. "I Might"   4:02
3. "Sunloathe"   3:20
4. "Dawned on Me"   3:43
5. "Black Moon"   3:57
6. "Born Alone"   3:55
7. "Open Mind"   3:40
8. "Capitol City"   4:04
9. "Standing O"   3:29
10. "Rising Red Lung"   3:10
11. "Whole Love"   3:50
12. "One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)"   12:04
iTunes Deluxe bonus tracks[17]
No. Title Length
13. "I Love My Label" (Nick Lowe) 3:29
14. "Message from Mid-Bar"   4:47
15. "Speak into the Rose"   6:38
16. "Black Moon" (Alternate) 3:54
17. "Sometimes It Happens" (Patten/Westbrook) 4:23
Deluxe Edition bonus disc
No. Title Length
1. "I Love My Label" (Nick Lowe) 3:29
2. "Message from Mid-Bar"   4:47
3. "Speak into the Rose"   6:38
4. "Black Moon" (Alternate) 3:54

Vinyl[edit]

Side A
  1. "Art of Almost"
  2. "I Might"
  3. "Sunloathe"
Side B
  1. "Dawned on Me"
  2. "Black Moon"
  3. "Born Alone"
  4. "Open Mind"
Side C
  1. "Whole Love"
  2. "Capitol City"
  3. "Standing O"
  4. "Rising Red Lung"
Side D
  1. "One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)"
  2. "Sometimes It Happens" (Patten/Westbrook)

Personnel[edit]

Wilco
Additional musicians

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodman, William (2011-06-29). "Wilco Unveil Album Art and Full Details". SPIN. Retrieved 2011-06-30. 
  2. ^ Pitchfork: Wilco Announce New Album, Fall Tour
  3. ^ Pitchfork: New Wilco: "I Might"
  4. ^ Roberts, Randall (2011-09-03). "Wilco releases full stream of new album, 'The Whole Love'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  5. ^ Hilton, Robin (2011-09-19). "First Listen: Wilco, 'The Whole Love'". NPR. Retrieved 2011-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Wilco Interview With Joanne Greenbaum". 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  7. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Whole Love (2011)". Allmusic. Retrieved May 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Maerz, Melissa (September 28, 2011). "The Whole Love (2011)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Reed, Ryan (September 27, 2011). "The Whole Love". Paste Magazine. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Paul (September 26, 2011). "The Whole Love". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  11. ^ Dolan, Jon (September 27, 2011). "Wilco The Whole Love". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Slant review". 
  13. ^ Kandell, Steve (September 27, 2011). "Wilco 'The Whole Love'". Spin Magazine. Retrieved September 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ The Whole Love - Wilco. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2011-12-09.
  15. ^ Uncut‘s Top 50 Albums Of 2011 - Stereogum
  16. ^ "MOJO's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". Stereogum. December 2, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  17. ^ "iTunes Store: Wilco — The Whole Love (Deluxe Version)". Retrieved 2011-09-22.