Wilco – Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

Kicking Television" Live in Chicago

WilcoKicking Television: Live in Chicago Nonesuch 79903-2 (2005)

I found this album tremendously disappointing.  Wilco spends most of the record trying to pander to the audience by over-emphasizing the sappiest elements of their music.  Kicking Television is a paradigmatic attempt to appeal to an audience’s bad taste.  These live recordings add nothing to the studio versions, save a few awkwardly tacked on guitar solos.  There are rewarding moments, but they are lost in a sea of mediocrity.