Music: Can Recovery Sound Good?

With its latest album, Wilco test-drives another new sound, a new lineup and a better mood

Like all productively tortured artists, Jeff Tweedy knows how to make a virtue of his misery. Since forming the band Wilco a decade ago, Tweedy has battled depression, panic disorder, painkiller addiction, and migraines so intense that he has interrupted live performances to go backstage and throw up. Last February, while the band was finishing its seventh album, A Ghost Is Born, Tweedy quit taking his migraine medication and went into an emotional free fall. "It was terrifying," he says. "I was having such severe panic I couldn't think. It was all I could do to put one foot in front...

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