TOP TRACK: “Jesus Etc.”
In one of the more infamous record label conflicts of recent history, Reprise Records refused to release Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 2001 because it lacked a radio-friendly single. But since its 2002 release, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot has been called Wilco’s best release and named one of the decade’s best albums. That missing radio single? Probably its biggest draw. The record flows along a perfect country rhythm, a mesmerizing and realistic view of the American landscape. With Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco served up alt-country’s finest moments and infused them with a brand of rock both enduring and beautiful.
— John Cassillo