"Love Is The King" is the new solo record from Jeff Tweedy. Once again, Tweedy sounds as if he is being propped up with sticks and pillows. I understand that somewhere inside the 40 minute record, there are some really great songs. Right? But it's all becoming a chore. Each new Wilco record has become more difficult than the last. Live, Wilco is still a force to be reckoned with. But, if Tweedy, either alone or with his band, doesn't deliver something a bit easier to digest soon, I am going to completely forget why I loved this band for so long.
There are a few songs on "Love Is The King" that stand out, like "Guess Again" and "Bad Day Lately," though neither will get your heart beating. The country tunes like "Opaline" and "A Robin Or A Wren" sound forced and uncomfortable. But it's the title track I dig most. It's hardly a rocker, but I am strangely attracted to the guitar solo which sounds a bit like it was lifted from The Youngblood's "Get Together," both in sound and attack, and pasted into the song, even if it doesn't really fit. Odd praise, I know. But it's the best I can do with this one.