Kicking Television: Live in Chicago

Reviewed by: Andrew Gaerig
Reviewed on: 2005-11-23

Posted 11/23/2005 - 09:34:14 AM by nyabinghi:
 I saw Wilco on the YHF and was simply amazed that they could re-create the sound collage of that album live. They have the best soundman in the biz. I got a chance to see him at the mixer at the end of the show and complimented him, which is the first time I've done that after a show. Also, I felt "Ghost" a little self indulgent but I hope the songs fare better on this recording.
Posted 11/23/2005 - 10:48:26 AM by hutlock:
 I find the Ghost songs worked really well live when I saw them earlier this year -- Nels Cline makes all the difference, honestly. Not so sure about THIS recording per se, but in the "live" format in general, that material really took off.
Posted 11/23/2005 - 11:38:02 AM by J_R_K_:
 hadn't seen them for a long while (YHF was on the net still) nor have i heard this record, but i saw them at a katrina benefit and i was impressed by the Ghost songs. i wasn't too taken with them when i heard the LP the few times i did, but i was able to recognize most of the songs, which means tweedy must be doing something right. i miss the "being there" songs like "red eyed & blue" and others, but as longs as they rock "misunderstood" i'll be cool. also, spider kidsmoke is probably the best song they have, IMO
Posted 11/23/2005 - 12:07:24 PM by florenz6:
 You feel that the band has so much fun playing live. "A Ghost is Born" is still my favourtite Wilco-album, but, that said, I can enjoy all the new work-outs!
Posted 11/23/2005 - 06:57:00 PM by Zarklephaser:
 It really feels like the Ghost songs are filled with new life on this live document. The arrangements are fuller, the playing is often inspired, and Tweedy's vocals in most cases are notably improved over the studio counterparts. Excellent live album.
Posted 11/29/2005 - 02:39:03 PM by dougrokakis:
 most overrated band in America...
Posted 11/29/2005 - 03:03:53 PM by cwperry:
 I don't expect this to be true for anyone else, but I have to sheepishly admit that I enjoy this album more than any '05 studio release.
Posted 12/06/2005 - 02:04:53 PM by wmdavidson:
 This was my first taste of live Wilco, but I'd been led to believe that they tend to heavily extend/rework their songs in a live setting. So it's a little disappointing that everything on "Kicking Television" album sticks pretty close to the album versions. Still, a mighty enjoyable set.