The Whole Love

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The Whole Love
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)
ProducerJeff Tweedy, Pat Sansone and Tom Schick[3]
Wilco chronology
Wilco (The Album)
The Whole Love
Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions

The Whole Love is the eighth studio album by American alternative rock group Wilco, released on September 27, 2011. It is the first Wilco album that was released on their own label dBpm.[4] 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".[5] The entire album was streamed live on Wilco's official website for 24 hours between September 3 and 4, 2011,[6] and later streamed on National Public Radio.[7] The album packaging and cover art are pieces by Joanne Greenbaum.[8] On November 30, 2011, the album received a nomination in the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.

In 2012 it was awarded a gold certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 75,000 copies throughout Europe.[9]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[11]
The A.V. ClubB[12]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[13]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[14]
The Guardian4/5 stars[15]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[16]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]

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".[10]

Uncut placed the album at number 15 on its list of "Top 50 albums of 2011".[20] 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."[21]

Track listings[edit]

Compact Disc[edit]

All tracks are written by Jeff Tweedy, except where noted.

1."Art of Almost"7:17
2."I Might"4:02
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 and Deluxe edition bonus tracks[22]
13."I Love My Label" (Lowe/Profile)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) (only on iTunes edition)4:23


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. "Capitol City"
  2. "Standing O"
  3. "Rising Red Lung"
  4. "Whole Love"
Side D
  1. "One Sunday Morning (Song for Jane Smiley's Boyfriend)"
  2. "Sometimes It Happens" (Patten/Westbrook)



Additional musicians[edit]


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  5. ^ Pitchfork: New Wilco: "I Might"
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  7. ^ Hilton, Robin (2011-09-19). "First Listen: Wilco, 'The Whole Love'". NPR. Retrieved 2011-09-27.
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  12. ^ Hyden, Steven (September 27, 2011). "Wilco: The Whole Love". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  13. ^ Kot, Greg (September 21, 2011). "Album review: Wilco, 'The Whole Love'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  14. ^ Maerz, Melissa (October 4, 2011). "The Whole Love". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  15. ^ Simpson, Dave (September 22, 2011). "Wilco: The Whole Love – review". The Guardian. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  16. ^ Roberts, Randall (September 22, 2011). "Album review: Wilco's 'The Whole Love'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  17. ^ Cooper, Leonie (September 30, 2011). "Album Review: Wilco – 'The Whole Love'". NME. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  18. ^ Thompson, Paul (September 26, 2011). "Wilco: The Whole Love". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  19. ^ Kandell, Steve (September 27, 2011). "Wilco, 'The Whole Love' (dBpm)". Spin. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  20. ^ Uncut‘s Top 50 Albums Of 2011 - Stereogum
  21. ^ "MOJO's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". Stereogum. December 2, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  22. ^ "iTunes Store: Wilco — The Whole Love (Deluxe Version)". Retrieved 2011-09-22.