At the center of every album is a musical thesis. Wilco’s “Star Wars” proves even free albums can mean something. Wilco has cemented their place in the pantheon of great American rock bands. For 20 years, they have delivered well thought out music and albums that are never filled with “throw-away songs.” Each song belongs and is delivered ready to listen. “Star Wars,” despite being a free album arrived in the same fashion. Beyond just being a thank you present to fans, it is also a tip of the hat to those metal bands all of us alternative and folk listeners are afraid to adopt. From beginning to end, this album ranks as one of Wilco’s heaviest and loudest. This new sound makes you pay attention. It also proves that this band is capable of anything and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Be good to each other,