50 Best Albums of 2011

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Wilco, 'The Whole Love'

8. Wilco, 'The Whole Love'

Wilco's first album on their own label opens with a riot – the krautrock-Stooges bedlam of "Art of Almost" – and ends with the long acoustic hush of "One Sunday Morning." Between those extremes, though, The Whole Love is the band at its original endearing best, effectively combining singer-songwriter Jeff Tweedy's early alternative-country impulses and lust for crunch in 10 pop-single-length tracks. Leading his most stable lineup, Tweedy finally delivered the glow and drive of his polar triumphs – 1996's Being There and 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – on the same record.

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