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Wilco gets rough, risky on free new album 'Star Wars'

Wilco gets rough, risky on free new album 'Star Wars'

The letters “EKG” don’t denote comfort. They’re frightening, cold and anxiety-inducing – letters that are best to be avoided. And yet that’s how Wilco opens its ninth studio album, with an 85-second instrumental that puts the listener on notice and on edge. Guitars poke and prod. A bass revs up, and then it roars. The song is disjointed. In one moment, it sounds like city traffic. In another, it coasts around a curve, at least until the rhythm hits some speed bumps and drives the song into a curb. Where “EKG” is heading is never quite clear. Clarity is not what Wilco is after on this album. It’s thrilling. Thus begins “Star...

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