Schmilco

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Schmilco
Schmilco Album Cover
Studio album by Wilco
Released September 9, 2016
Recorded Chicago
Genre
Length 36:22
Label dBpm
Producer
Wilco chronology
Star Wars
(2015)Star Wars2015
Schmilco
(2016)
Singles from Schmilco
  1. "Locator"
    Released: July 14, 2016
  2. "If I Ever Was a Child"
    Released: July 18, 2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubA−[5]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[6]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
The Independent4/5 stars[8]
Mojo4/5 stars[9]
The Observer4/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork7.0/10[11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[13]

Schmilco is the tenth studio album by Chicago-based alternative rock band Wilco and was released on September 9, 2016. Wilco announced the album on July 19, 2016, and released two songs, "Locator" and "If I Ever Was a Child". The album's announcement came a little more than a year after their previous studio album, Star Wars.

Background and release[edit]

In February 2016, Jeff Tweedy first mentioned in an interview that Wilco would be releasing an album in 2016, though did not go into detail.[14] During his solo benefit shows in Chicago later in May, Tweedy said they had finished the new record, but the band wasn't sure they wanted to release it yet. In July 2016, Wilco released "Locator" from the album to commemorate the one year anniversary of Star Wars and then announced Schmilco several days later, in addition to releasing "If I Ever Was a Child" and "Someone to Lose".[15][16][17] In September several days before the release, Wilco had "I Heard Schmilco" events at record stores to promote the album across the country where people could listen to the album and then buy it on vinyl.[18]

The album's name is a nod to the Harry Nilsson album Nilsson Schmilsson. The artwork was created by illustrator Joan Cornellà in collaboration with Stefania Lusini.

On the album, Tweedy tells stories of himself, his family, and his history.[19]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
Consequence of Sound Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016 16[20]
Mojo The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016 36[21]
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016 26[22]
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016 41[23]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Tweedy.

No.TitleLength
1."Normal American Kids"2:47
2."If I Ever Was a Child"2:55
3."Cry All Day"4:16
4."Common Sense"3:24
5."Nope"3:02
6."Someone to Lose"3:20
7."Happiness"3:00
8."Quarters"2:50
9."Locator"2:18
10."Shrug and Destroy"2:52
11."We Aren't the World (Safety Girl)"2:53
12."Just Say Goodbye"2:45
Total length:36:22

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 16
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[25] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 10
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 50
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[28] 9
French Albums (SNEP)[29] 90
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 21
Irish Albums (IRMA)[31] 18
Italian Albums (FIMI)[32] 46
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[33] 14
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[34] 16
Scottish Albums (OCC)[35] 17
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[36] 14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[37] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[38] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[39] 25
US Billboard 200[40] 11
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[41] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[42] 200

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Review: Wilco's 'Schmilco' Is Their Most Pastoral Album in Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  3. ^ "Reviews for Schmilco by Wilco". Metacritic. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. "Schmilco – Wilco". AllMusic. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Modell, Josh (September 9, 2016). "Wilco goes quiet". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (September 4, 2016). "Wilco gets quieter, but not safer on 'Schmilco'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  7. ^ Gibsone, Harriet (September 15, 2016). "Wilco: Schmilco review – world-weary, wheezy – and wonderfully warm". The Guardian. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  8. ^ Gill, Andy (September 8, 2016). "Album reviews: Wilco – Wilco Schmilco, Jack White – Acoustic Recordings, MIA – AIM, and more". The Independent. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  9. ^ Cameron, Keith (October 2016). "Country feedback". Mojo (275): 94.
  10. ^ Mongredien, Phil (September 11, 2016). "Wilco: Schmilco review – concise, acoustic and grouchy…". The Observer. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  11. ^ Sodomsky, Sam (September 9, 2016). "Wilco: Schmilco". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  12. ^ Doyle, Tom (October 2016). "Know No Bounds". Q (364): 106.
  13. ^ Hermes, Will (September 7, 2016). "Review: Wilco's 'Schmilco' Is Their Most Pastoral Album in Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  14. ^ Farrer, Martin. "Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy: 'Trump's success is a sign of how broken things have been'". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  15. ^ Brown, Eric. "Wilco detail new album Schmilco, share 'If I Ever Was a Child'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  16. ^ Lifton, Dave. "Wilco Offer Free Download New Song, 'Locator'". Diffuser. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  17. ^ Pearis, Bill. "Wilco share "Someone to Lose" off new LP 'Schmilco'". Brooklyn Vegan. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  18. ^ Russell, Scott. "Wilco to Host In-Store "I Heard Schmilco" Listening Parties". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
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