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Wilco, Star Wars

It’s Wilco’s shortest album ever but, then again, all 34 minutes of it were available for about a month absolutely free from the band’s website for anyone who was paying attention. Now, it’ll cost you money, but it’s well worth the price of admission, being unquestionably their most spirited, varied and joyful album since 2002’s glorious Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Even at his lowest points, Wilco’s leader, Jeff Tweedy, has been one of the most consistently compelling songwriters of the 2000s, evolving from his altcountry origins in Uncle Tupelo through Wilco’s years of combining avantgarde rock with rootsy Woody Guthrie-style songwriting. Star Wars offers a dozen tracks of which at least eight are potential classics.