Rolling Stone (pp.63-64) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Capitol City' is a country waltz with bits of Dixieland clarinet, 'Sunloathe' sounds like the Beatles if they were still together in 1974..."
Rolling Stone (p.68) - Ranked #8 in Rolling Stone's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "THE WHOLE LOVE is the band at its original endearing best..."
Spin (p.77) - "[With] laconic twang, organ-driven garage pop, and tempered balladry."
Entertainment Weekly (p.72) - "With THE WHOLE LOVE, Wilco makes noise-pop exciting again..." -- Grade A-
Magnet (p.60) - "THE WHOLE LOVE works best as aural comfort food."
Magnet (p.38) - Ranked #15 in Magnet's '20 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "This is a deliberately, gloriously messy record, firing off in different directions arbitrarily, and the sequencing seems designed to announce that devil-may-care attitude."
Billboard (p.36) - "THE WHOLE LOVE mostly turns out to capture Wilco in a laid-back roots-rock mode..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.82) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Rising Red Lung' finds Tweedy singing in a near-whisper over a fingerpicked acoustic, while the band floats on sunset clouds overhead."
Uncut (magazine) (p.34) - Ranked #15 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[E]mbracing power-pop, their riskiest jam in years, and a hushed folk strain that culminated in a new classic..."
Audio Mixers: Patrick Sansone; Jeff Tweedy; Tom Schick.
Recording information: The Loft, Chicago, IL.
Photographer: Austin Nelson.
Co-produced by Jeff Tweedy, Patrick Sansone, and Tom Schick, Whole Love is Wilco's eighth studio album, as well as the band's first release on its own label, dBpm Records. A pair of lengthy songs, including the 12-minute closer, bookend the record. ~ Andrew Leahey