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New Reviews: Wilco's Most Lyrically Direct Album Yet

Also: Stream new music by Nirvana, Blink-182, Chickenfoot, J. Cole, Mastodon and more

September 27, 2011 11:25 AM ET
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In this week's slate of Rolling Stone album reviews, Jon Dolan raves about Wilco's new disc, The Whole Love, which he says is musically all over the place but totally direct in its lyrical sentiments. Also, Jody Rosen celebrates the "doorstopper 20th-anniversary box set" edition of Nirvana's landmark album Nevermind, Chuck Eddy pans Chickenfoot's mostly plodding second record and Alan Light gives high marks to the new comprehensive box set retrospective of Sting's solo career.

Wilco - The Whole Love (stream one song)

Nirvana - Nevermind (20th Anniversary Edition) (stream one song)

Blink-182 - Neighborhoods (stream one song)

Chickenfoot - Chickenfoot III (stream one song)

J. Cole - Cole World: The Sideline Story (stream one song)

Mastodon - The Hunter (stream one song)

Sting - 25 Years (stream one song)

Jason Derulo - Future History (stream one song)

Spank Rock - Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is a Fucking Liar (stream full album)

Anvil - Monument of Metal: The Very Best of Anvil (stream one song)

Mekons - Ancient and Modern 1911-2011 (stream one song)

Simon Kirke - Filling the Void (stream one song)

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