Wilco: Cruel Country LP
Cruel Country, Wilco's twelfth studio album, is comprised of 21 country music inspired tracks, recorded at the band's Chicago studio, The Loft. Jeff Tweedy commented on the concept and recording process of Cruel Country: "There have been elements of country music in everything we've ever done. We've never been particularly comfortable with accepting that definition, the idea that I was making country music. But now, having been around the block a few times, we're finding it exhilarating to free ourselves within the form, and embrace the simple limitation of calling the music we're making country." Jon Pareles in The New York Times wrote: "Wilco makes an understated magnum opus. Its tone is naturalistic and understated; the album was recorded largely with Wilco playing live in the studio as a six-man band, quietly savoring the chance to make music together after pandemic isolation." Jon Dolan in Rolling Stone wrote: "Their latest is a beautifully rootsy album with a broken sense of patriotic concern." The gatefold vinyl 2LP package – created by Grammy winning designer Lawrence Azerrad – includes band photos and a unique panel of postcards.