Star Wars (Wilco album)

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Star Wars
Star Wars Wilco.jpg
Studio album by Wilco
Released July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16)
Genre
Length 33:47
Label dBpm
Producer
Wilco chronology
Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions
(2012)Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions2012
Star Wars
(2015)
Schmilco
(2016)Schmilco2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubB+[6]
Chicago Tribune3.5/4 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
The Independent5/5 stars[10]
Mojo4/5 stars[11]
Pitchfork7.7/10[12]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[13]
Spin7/10[14]

Star Wars is the ninth studio album by American alternative rock group Wilco. It was self-released for free on July 16, 2015, through wilcoworld.net.[15][16] It is the second Wilco album that was released on their own label dBpm. A CD version of the album was released on August 21 and a vinyl version was released on October 13.[16]

Cover art[edit]

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jeff Tweedy explained the cover art and album title.[17]

It's kind of an extension of the thought process behind, I don't know, staying in touch with some sort of wild energy as much as possible and some sort of an irreverence. But that painting of that cat hangs in the kitchen at the [Wilco] loft, and every day I'd look at it and go, "You know, that should just be the album cover." Then I started thinking about the phrase "Star Wars" recontextualized against that painting — it was beautiful and jarring. The album has nothing to do with Star Wars. It just makes me feel good. It makes me feel limitless and like there's still possibilities and still surprise in the world, you know?

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank
The A.V. Club The 15 Best Albums of 2015 2015
FLOOD Magazine FLOOD's Best of 2015 2015

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 105 on Billboard 200,[20] and No. 18 on Top Rock Albums for charts dated September 12, 2015,[21] selling 6,000 copies in the first week. The album has sold 21,000 copies in the United States as of August 2016.[22]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jeff Tweedy, except for "You Satellite" co-written by Tweedy, Glenn Kotche and Nels Cline, "Taste the Ceiling" by Tweedy and Scott McCaughey, and "Magnetized" by Tweedy and Mikael Jorgensen.[23]

No.TitleLength
1."EKG"1:15
2."More..."2:44
3."Random Name Generator"3:49
4."The Joke Explained"2:33
5."You Satellite"5:16
6."Taste the Ceiling"3:15
7."Pickled Ginger"2:29
8."Where Do I Begin"2:54
9."Cold Slope"3:11
10."King of You"2:41
11."Magnetized"3:40
Total length:33:47

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[24] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 46
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 80
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[27] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 83
Irish Albums (IRMA)[29] 69
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[30] 30
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[31] 65
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 52
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 83
US Billboard 200[34] 105
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[35] 8
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[36] 10
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[37] 18

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Basedow, Neph (August 7, 2015). "Review: Wilco". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Wilco – Star Wars". mxdwn.com. 
  4. ^ "Reviews for Star Wars by Wilco". Metacritic. Retrieved July 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Deming, Mark. "Star Wars – Wilco". AllMusic. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ Zaleski, Annie (July 20, 2015). "Wilco's Star Wars is a roughhewn, fuzzed-out blast". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (July 16, 2015). "Wilco's new 'Star Wars' out for free". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ Anderson, Kyle (July 29, 2015). "Star Wars by Wilco: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ Simpson, Dave (July 17, 2015). "Wilco: Star Wars first listen review – an absolute blast". The Guardian. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  10. ^ Gill, Andy (July 17, 2015). "Wilco, Star Wars – album review: Jeff Tweedy throws down the gauntlet with a radical take on Americana". The Independent. Archived from the original on July 27, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ Nelson, Chris (July 21, 2015). "Wilco: Star Wars". Mojo. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  12. ^ Cohen, Ian (July 23, 2015). "Wilco: Star Wars". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ Dolan, Jon (July 24, 2015). "Star Wars". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  14. ^ Bernstein, Jonathan (July 16, 2015). "Review: Wilco Do Without Trying on 'Star Wars'". Spin. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Wilco on Facebook: "Star Wars: a new Wilco album featuring 11 original songs is available now. Free to download at wilcoworld.net"". Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Buchanan, Molly (July 16, 2015). "Wilco Drop Surprise New Album Star Wars For Free". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ Doyle, Patrick (August 19, 2015). "Jeff Tweedy on 'Star Wars,' Bob Dylan and Wilco's Next LP". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ "The 15 Best Albums Of 2015". The A.V. Club. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  19. ^ "FLOOD's Best of 2015: Music (#25–5)". FLOOD Magazine. Anthemic Agency. December 7, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. September 12, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Top Rock Albums". Billboard. September 12, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on August 3, 2016. 
  23. ^ "STAR WARS PR FINAL.docx". Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
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  28. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Wilco – Star Wars" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  29. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 35, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
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  31. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Wilco – Star Wars". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  32. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Wilco – Star Wars". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  33. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
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