24 Songs, 1 Hour 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Each studio album sent Jeff Tweedy and Wilco's musical experiments further in unexpected directions, turning pop, psychedelic, and post-punk without ever losing the emotional ties found in the simplest of heartland rock. Line-up shuffles made Wilco primarily Jeff Tweedy’s band by the time of Kicking Television, but the ghosts of his former collaborators — Jay Bennett, R.I.P. — remains a strong undercurrent. “Misunderstood” from Being There begins things with a foreboding sense of the smoldering turmoil that would drive Wilco’s later sound. “The Late Greats” and “Company In My Back” from 2004’s A Ghost Is Born saddle up with a stronger country lope than ever, while tunes from their landmark Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (“Heavy Metal Drummer,” “Radio Cure,” “Poor Places”) sound ever more ambitious and free. In the end, the feedback and Tweedy’s tortured guitar solos fire up the masses (“Spiders (Kidsmoke)”) with touches of punk rock abandon, but it’s the sweet swell of electric guitar and the sad, lost vocal moans present in “Hell Is Chrome” and “Ashes of American Flags” that nail home the band’s stunning beauty.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Each studio album sent Jeff Tweedy and Wilco's musical experiments further in unexpected directions, turning pop, psychedelic, and post-punk without ever losing the emotional ties found in the simplest of heartland rock. Line-up shuffles made Wilco primarily Jeff Tweedy’s band by the time of Kicking Television, but the ghosts of his former collaborators — Jay Bennett, R.I.P. — remains a strong undercurrent. “Misunderstood” from Being There begins things with a foreboding sense of the smoldering turmoil that would drive Wilco’s later sound. “The Late Greats” and “Company In My Back” from 2004’s A Ghost Is Born saddle up with a stronger country lope than ever, while tunes from their landmark Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (“Heavy Metal Drummer,” “Radio Cure,” “Poor Places”) sound ever more ambitious and free. In the end, the feedback and Tweedy’s tortured guitar solos fire up the masses (“Spiders (Kidsmoke)”) with touches of punk rock abandon, but it’s the sweet swell of electric guitar and the sad, lost vocal moans present in “Hell Is Chrome” and “Ashes of American Flags” that nail home the band’s stunning beauty.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
124 Ratings

124 Ratings

paddlingllama ,

Do yourself a favor and get this album

I've been a Wilco fan since a friend pointed me towards the album BEING THERE in High School. I've been waiting for a live album for a long time, and I've got to say that this is a great listen. KICKING TELEVISION relies heavily on YTF and A GHOST IS BORN tracks. Personally, I loved YTF from the first listen, for me A GHOST IS BORN was a much harder listen and harder to get into. I've been completely cured of that, however, by hearing the tracks live on this album. I now have total appreciation for GHOST after hearing it live and now listen to it more than the other albums. I give KICKING TELEVISION a 5-star rating for the performances on the tracks included. I was kinda disappointed that there weren't more tracks from BEING THERE on the album and am at a total loss as to why THE LONELY 1 and SHE'S A JAR weren't included on this setlist. Oh well. It's a great album and you'll be glad that you got it.

hifispin ,

Do Not File Under Alt. Country

If you are looking for the Alt. Country band that the industry classifies Wilco under, do not bother with this album or any album after "Being There" or Mermaid Avenue (Vol. 1 & 2).

Now, if you are looking for one of the most important bands around today, check out Wilco. Unfortunately, you will never hear Wilco on the radio for the same reason you do not hear Sonic Youth, Flaming Lips etc. You need to listen to the songs with headphones and be sonically immersed within their musical landscapes.

Kicking Television does a pretty good job representing Wilco’s live show. I have seen them 3 times and they get better with every band member Jeff Tweedy fires. Kicking Television’s set list spans Wilco’s entire catalog to give everyone what they want.

What is missing, “She’s a Jar” from the “Summer Teeth” Album.

Kicking Television will soon be a classic for any music fan.

Broshoe ,

Why can't we buy 'Monday' individually!?

'Monday' is not on the cd available in stores (that I bought). It's unfair to put bonus tracks available as 'album only'. Don't you agree?? I know why 'they' do it - for more $$$, but it really hurts the fans. Please join me in letting Apple, Wilco, etc. know your dissatisfaction.... ITunes is a great service, but this is unfair!

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