Filed under: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot | Tags: Alternative, Bryn, First Song, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Kamera, Live, Middle School, More Like The Moon, Rock, Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
“Kamera” was the first Wilco song I truly listened to. I was in middle school and had been hearing all of this hype about Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I didn’t know what it would sound like, because most of the reviews couldn’t put their finger on it. All I knew was that Wilco was an alternative rock band, which meant the possibilities were endless. I don’t remember what the website was, but they had the song streaming as a preview of the album. While I definitely liked the song, I’ll admit that it took me a few years before I actually GOT Wilco. Still, I wonder what I would be listening to if I hadn’t given that preview a shot…
For the longest time, I really preferred the version included on I Am Trying To Break Your Heart and More Like The Moon. Now that I really think about the song, the quieter version works much better. The lyrics are wandering and fearful, with wide open music structured around a rigid drum part. I feel like “Kamera” is actually the quintessential Yankee Hotel Foxtrot song for me. It captures the concerns and fears that a lot of people had entering the new decade/century/millenium/whatever/etc. really, really well.
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