The Autumn Defense
Once Around - Yep Roc
FILTER Grade: 68%
By Adam Conner-Simons on November 26, 2010
As The Autumn Defense, Wilco co-founder John Stirratt and current member Pat Sansone prove a far cry from the avant-garde alt-country of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. On album four, the duo concocts more pleasantly sleepy acoustic pop, anchored by Stirratt’s syrupy soft-rock tenor. While there’s energy to the jaunty “Back of My Mind” and the shimmering strum of “The Swallows of London Town,” Once Around is mostly a frustratingly tame collection of ‘70s AM gold. Paging Dr. Tweedy...