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Love Is the King
Love Is The King Jeff Tweedy.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 23, 2020 (2020-10-23)
RecordedApril 2020
StudioThe Loft (Chicago, IL)
GenreIndie rock
Jeff Tweedy chronology
Love Is the King

Love Is the King is the fourth solo studio album by American musician Jeff Tweedy. It was released on October 23, 2020 via dBpm Records. Recording sessions took place at the Loft in Chicago[1] during lockdown in April 2020 after Wilco’s tour dates were cancelled due to COVID-19.[2] Production was handled by Tom Schick and Tweedy himself. It features contributions from his sons Spencer and Sam.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Beats Per Minute71%[6]
Consequence of SoundB[7]
Loud and Quiet7/10[9]
Under the Radar[13]

Love Is the King was met with universal acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 81 based on ten reviews.[4] The aggregator AnyDecentMusic? has the critical consensus of the album at a 7.4 out of 10, based on eleven reviews.[3]

Eric R. Danton of Paste wrote: „Like Warm and Warmer, Tweedy’s requires a bit of patience to crack open. The songs tend to seep in slowly, but it’s worth the effort to burrow into them: Beneath that low-key exterior, Love Is the King displays luminous depth from a veteran songwriter who continues to grow into his craft“.[11] AllMusic’s Mark Deming wrote: „Love Is the King is his very personal reaction to an increasingly difficult time in America’s history, and while he doesn’t pretend to have answers, this music is his own kind of therapy, recognizing his emotions and working through them before they devour him, and he makes both the process and the challenges well worth hearing“.[5] Vish Khanna of Exclaim! felt „the vibe is folk, rock, country and kind of homespun and laidback but, like early John Lennon records, there is sharpness to the starkness“.[8] Victoria Segal of Mojo wrote: „From the beautiful fable of „A Robin Or A Wren“ to „Even I Can See“’s delicate devotion, Love Is The King is determined to hold on tight to the good things while keeping a sharp eye on the mirror“.[10] Alastair McKay of Uncut found that „this album marries Tweedy’s mature emotional outlook to the workaday manners of Uncle Tupelo or the Woody Guthrie project, Mermaid Avenue“.[1] Ryan Bray of Consequence of Sound stated: „Love Is the King is the work of a songwriter with clear eyes and a full heart. Tweedy leans on the two constants in his life, music and family, to find hope in a year where such a thing has too often been absent. In doing so, he’s left behind more than just another solid record to add to his oeuvre, but also some reassurance that maybe things will be okay, so long as we keep sight of what’s important“.[7] Mark Moody of Under the Radar wrote: „Though recorded under lockdown, the songs may be maudlin in spots but don’t directly address the situation at hand. Primarily Love Is the King has the air of what it in fact is: a man comfortable in his own skin recording a set of songs with his talented kids“.[13] Writing for Pitchfork, Stephen Thomas Erlewine said: „The reason the record provides some measure of consolation is due to its modesty. Rather than a concept album about quarantine, it’s a snapshot of a moment in time, one that captures the confusion, longing, and loneliness of a world set back on its heels“.[12] John Wohlmacher of Beats Per Minute wrote: „for 11 songs and 39 minutes, Tweedy creates a landscape of autumnal beauty and warm layers of guitars, which oscillate between experimental, almost distorted ambience and clear, saccharine folk melodies. There’s a few straight country tracks here, but for the most part, it’s minimalist genre-revisionism“.[6] Janne Oinonen of Loud and Quiet wrote: „A record to mature over time rather than instant classic, Love Is The King might just prove an equally reassuring presence as the world stumbles towards some sort of elusive normality during these uncertain times“.[9]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Jeff Tweedy, except for track 3 written with George Saunders.

1.„Love Is the King“4:46
3.„A Robin or a Wren“2:48
5.„Bad Day Lately“3:10
6.„Even I Can See“3:20
7.„Natural Disaster“3:23
8.„Save It for Me“3:03
9.„Guess Again“3:16
Total length:39:28



Chart performance for Love Is the King
Chart (2020–2021)Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14]78
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15]48
Scottish Albums (OCC)[16]27
UK Americana Albums (OCC)[17]16
US Billboard 200[18]89
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[19]11


  1. ^ a b c McKay, Alastair (2020). Uncut - December 2020. Uncut. p. 34.
  2. ^ DeVille, Chris (October 23, 2020). „Stream Jeff Tweedy’s New Album ‚Love Is The King‘ . Stereogum. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b „Love Is The King by Jeff Tweedy reviews | Any Decent Music“. AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  4. ^ a b „Critic Reviews for Love Is the King - Metacritic“. Metacritic. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Deming, Mark. „Love Is the King - Jeff Tweedy | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic“. AllMusic. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Wohlmacher, John (October 28, 2020). „Album Review: Jeff Tweedy – Love Is The King | Beats Per Minute“. Beats Per Minute. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Bray, Ryan (October 22, 2020). „Jeff Tweedy’s Love Is the King Conquers Anger and Fear with Happiness: Review“. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Khanna, Vish (October 22, 2020). „Jeff Tweedy Wrings Joy from Today’s Wilderness on ‚Love Is the King‘ . Exclaim!. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Oinonen, Janne. „Jeff Tweedy – Love Is The King – Album Review“. Loud and Quiet. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Segal, Victoria (2020). Mojo - December 2020. Mojo. p. 80.
  11. ^ a b Danton, Eric R. (October 22, 2020). „Jeff Tweedy Displays Luminous Depth on Love Is the King“. Paste. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (October 26, 2020). „Jeff Tweedy: Love Is the King“. Pitchfork. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Moody, Mark (October 23, 2020). „Love Is the King“. Under the Radar. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  14. ^ „ – Jeff Tweedy – Love Is the King“ (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  15. ^ „ – Jeff Tweedy – Love Is the King“ (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  16. ^ „Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100“. Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  17. ^ „Official Americana Albums Chart Top 40“. Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  18. ^ „Jeff Tweedy Chart History (Billboard 200)“. Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  19. ^ „Jeff Tweedy Chart History (Top Rock Albums)“. Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2021.


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Jeff Tweedy auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy
Erklärung der Daten
Sukierae (als Tweedy)
 US2111.10.2014(3 Wo.)
Together at Last
 US4915.07.2017(1 Wo.)
 US8715.12.2018(1 Wo.)
Love Is the King
 DE4819.02.2021(1 Wo.)
 US8930.01.2021(1 Wo.)

Jeffrey Scot „Jeff“ Tweedy (* 25. August 1967 in Belleville, Illinois) ist ein US-amerikanischer Songwriter und Bandleader aus Chicago. Er wurde vor allem mit seiner Band Wilco bekannt.


Tweedy war auch gemeinsam mit Jay Farrar Gründungsmitglied der Alternative-Country-Band Uncle Tupelo und Mitglied der Alternative-Country-Allstarband Golden Smog, u. a. mit Gary Louris von den Jayhawks, Bandmitgliedern von Soul Asylum und den Replacements. Zusammen mit Jim O‘Rourke und Glenn Kotche betreibt er außerdem das Bandprojekt Loose Fur.

Seit 2010 produziert er Alben und schreibt Songs für die Blues- und Soulsängerin Mavis Staples.[2]

Zusammen mit seinem Sohn Spencer gründete er außerdem die Band Tweedy, die 2014 ihr Debütalbum Sukierae veröffentlichte.[3]


  • In deutscher Übersetzung (übersetzt von Mark Kanak) liegt seit September 2006 der Gedichtband Kopf erwachsen (Originaltitel: Adult Head) vor, erschienen im Lautsprecherverlag in der Reihe coast2küste.
  • Im Zusammenhang mit dem Wilco-Album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot führte Tweedy einen langen Kampf mit dem Major-Label Warner Music Group um die künstlerische Freiheit der Band, der die Veröffentlichung um ein Jahr herauszögerte und letztendlich zu den Konditionen der Band entschieden wurde.
  • Nach der Veröffentlichung von Yankee Hotel Foxtrot begab sich Tweedy für mehrere Monate in den Drogenentzug, nachdem er öffentlich zugegeben hatte, von Aufputschmitteln abhängig zu sein.
  • Tweedys Arbeit für das Wilco-Album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot ist in einem Dokumentarfilm von Sam Jones, I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002), zu sehen.


  • Sukierae (2014, mit Spencer Tweedy als Tweedy)
  • Together at Last (2017)
  • Warm (2018)
  • Love Is the King (dBpm, 2020)


  1. Chartquellen: DE US
  2. Das Album der Stunde zur Lage der Schwarzen in Amerika., 17. November 2018.
  3. Von Ödipus-Komplex keine Spur in FAZ vom 3. November 2014, Seite 10.



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