Wilco's 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' (2001): Hit

The tale behind this album inspired a book, and was the subject of the documentary "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." The making of the album started rather normal, with Wilco ready to record a new set of songs for their label Reprise. Then things got weird. Reprise rejected the album. Wilco fired the fan-beloved band member Jay Bennett late into the project -- after dumping Ken Coomer at the start of it. Suddenly, it began to look like the album wouldn't be released in time for the band to tour, so Wilco issued it on its own website. The story has a happy ending, as the album topped many a critic's list, and ultimately became Wilco's breakthrough effort. Oddly enough, it was released on Nonesuch, which, like Reprise, is owned by the Warner Music Group.
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