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You gotta respect a guy who plays before thousands of people at most shows and decides to make a quiet, little record to tour off of. Wilco is one of those bands that is not meant for the big arena, and this album, probably more than any of their others, will be unkind to the big venue. It'll be interesting to see how the band delivers these mostly quiet little songs to a large mass of fans.
"Sky Blue Sky" (12 tracks, 51 min.) is a striking departure from the previous albums. You only have to listen to the opening notes of the lead-off track "Either Way" to realize this. Even the opening lines "Maybe the sun will shine today/The clouds will break away" provide a brighter and more optimistic perspective than we're generally used to from Jeff Tweedy. "Impossible Germany" is the best track on the album, with a long instrumental outro of 2 duelling guitars. The track somehow reminds me of the title track of Steve Miller's "Circle of Love" album. The title track "Sky Blue Sky" is as beautiful and pensive as Tweedy has ever been. Other highlights include the Dylanesque "What Light", with great lytics like "And if you're trying to paint a picture/But you're not sure which colors belong/Just paint what you see/Don't let anyone say you're wrong"; the harder charging "Shake It Off", and the closer "On and On and On", which perfectly sums up the overall feeling of this album.
Jeff Tweedy continues to surprise us, and I couldn't be more thrilled about it. Very different from "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", perhaps not as ground-breaking in its sound, yet just as satisfy to listen to. I can't wait to see how it all translation in concert, when I see Wilco live next month. Highly recommended!
Tweedy gave us fans a little preview of where his head was at in his now-famous bit of concert dialogue at the Abbey Pub, in Chicago, on 1/25/2006, where he stated: "I'm really really sick and tired of all this intellectual hoity-toity poetry bull****...I think if we could possibly pull off making this record we're trying to make, this super-dirty-soul record...I think if we can't make this record then the terrorists have truly won." Of course when I heard this clip on the internet accompanied by "That's the Thanks I Get" (which curiously did not make it onto this record) I started expecting a sharp left turn into raw soul music, sort of a loud, brash Solomon Burke-style jam session. In no way does this album sound like what I was picturing. But in its own way this is a soul record, in the sense that it possesses the quality that you find in only the deepest of soul records: honesty.
Let me back up for a minute. I received my advance copy today by sheer luck, more than a month before the record's official release date. Although I usually don't listen to music at work (at this point those two spheres of my life are pretty separate), I gave the entire thing a spin in one sitting. I was both intrigued and disappointed. The friend who gave it to me warned me that it was "mellow," which is a term I have seen floating around the internet to describe the album, and he was right! Far from Solomon Burke, I was hearing Steely Dan circa "Pretzel Logic.Read more ›
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Seem likes some die-hard Wilco fans don't dig this album too much. Perhaps they find the tracks too pop-catchy? Not enough experimentation? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dan Turck
I know a lot of their fans prefer the noisy experimentation of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and "A Ghost is Born," and while I enjoy that side of the band's sound too, I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Jones
Wilco at their best. Not a bad song on this colection. Tweedy is brilliant in lyrics and vocals. The band is tight, the songs are great, the album, well produced. Read morePublished 15 months ago by happyjames4
Great album for Wilco with their first time experimenting with more guitar and longer songs.Published 17 months ago by thomas hardin
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|Which is the best to get started||
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Feb 2, 2008 by Denni J. James | See all 4 posts
|What is all of this "listen to it 100 times and it will grow on you" BS???||
I agree, I'm tired of hearing this "grow on you" crap!!!
There has never been classic album that had to "grow" on people. Think about it.
In the old days an album was good or it sucked, nobody had time for "growing" on you.
Great albums come out of the box with... Read More
May 23, 2007 by Marc Landry | See all 13 posts
|new record sounds pretty weak||
I must need my ears cleaned out. I love the new album, and I can't wait until I have an actual physical copy so I can listen to it somewhere other than my computer. A few questions:
How can Tweedy "hit the wall as a songwriter" but still produce songs that have good lyrics and... Read More
Apr 29, 2007 by C. Goodwin | See all 15 posts
|Wilco keeps getting better, all the fake fans fall off every record....||
I found myself wondering last night what all these Sky Blue Sky haters wanted or expected. One of the customer reviews actually says he's mad over what the album "should" have been. What does that mean? You are their biggest fan so you should decide what the new album will be? ... Read More
Jun 20, 2007 by Gerard L. | See all 4 posts
|in response to the grateful dead references and comparisons>>||
i agree chad: why can't wilco just be wilco. I wonder who the grateful dead were?!
May 22, 2007 by R. Cote | See all 8 posts
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