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Sky Blue Sky [CD]

WilcoAudio CD
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After seven studio albums, various collaborations and countless days on the road over the past 15 years, Wilco tried something new before starting work on its eighth record, The Whole Love, due Sept. 27 on dBpm Records: The Chicago band took a vacation. Staying off stage for most of the latter half of 2010 was the longest break from touring that bandleader Jeff Tweedy has had in a career ... Read more in Amazon's Wilco Store

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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000NVIGC0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Either Way
2. You Are My Face
3. Impossible Germany
4. Sky Blue Sky
5. Side With the Seeds
6. Shake It Off
7. Please Be Patient With Me
8. Hate It Here
9. Leave Me (Like You Found Me)
10. Walken
11. What Light
12. On And On And On

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"Sky Blue Sky" has hints of early-seventies Southern California folk-rock sweetness in the harmonies. The album is filled with brash guitar solos that take songs like "You Are My Face" and "Shake It Off" in unexpected directions.

After their wild experimental streak of the past decade, Wilco's sixth studio album might feel like a bit of a comedown. Sky Blue Sky is mellow, moody, and uncharacteristically monotone, opening with a pleasant jangle and Jeff Tweedy singing a simple song: "Maybe the sun will shine today, the clouds will blow away." He doesn't even follow it up with a barbed punchline. Could it be that the restless Chicago band has settled back into its gentle Americana roots--or does this sudden mid-career reappraisal represent Wilco's gutsiest move yet? Mostly written in the studio by the full band, it's certainly the group's most cohesive album in ages, presenting a dense song cycle padded with intricate guitar work, brushed rhythms, and '70s soft-rock accents. In places it sounds like Wings ("Hate It Here"), in others Harry Nilsson ("Walken"), and in the middle it goes a bit Grateful Dead ("Shake It Off"). At the same time, there's a distinct sense of hearing a band finally at ease in its own skin. Sky Blue Sky represents the sound of Wilco finally pulling through its petulant adolescence. --Aidin Vaziri

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6 of 0 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco Does It Again May 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
First things first. If this album came out 35 years ago, it would be regarded as one of the greatest ever recorded in rock n' roll history. I say that with a straight face. This fact probably frustrates those looking for more of the "experimental" work of YHF and AGIB. That is what is great about this band, and why, in my opinion, and as a person who listens to a lot of different music from a lot of different decades, Wilco is the greatest band to ever make recorded music. Narrow-minded? Sure, but that is just my opinion, and I'm sticking with it. Let's go track-by-track. Also, splurge for the deluxe edition. A real bargain.

Either Way - Sure it sounds a lot like "In My Life". So what? It's a perfect pop song.

You Are My Face - What the hell does that even mean? Who cares? Great chords, great vocals, great lyrics, great tempo changes, great.

Impossible Germany - More silly lyrics, but also, some of the best guitar work you'll ever hear.

Sky Blue Sky - Watch the DVD that comes with the deluxe edition, and it all makes sense. Great twangy guitars, a nice country-tinged number.

Side With The Seeds - Sounds like prime Grateful Dead to me. But better. More blistering guitar for those who pegged this album as soft.

Shake It Off - Another nod to The Dead. And again, better.

Please Be Patient With Me - Gotta have a sappy love song in there, no?

Hate It Here - My favorite track on the record. It's like 3 Dog Night, Steely Dan, and Rod Stewart's Faces got together and put their all into making a great mid-tempo number with incredible keys, and kitchy lyrics.

Leave Me (Like You Found Me) - A nice acoustic number. Nothing to get excited about, but, as usual, well-crafted.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but boring... but beautiful March 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Probably my favorite thing about Wilco is that each of their albums is completely different from one another... however, what makes their latest effort different from previous ones is that it's hard to categorize this record. It's not experimental like YHF, it's not alt-countryish like A.M., it's not raw like Ghost is Born... it's mostly just a bunch of simple, beautiful songs, half of them being ballad-like. I'll say right now that, outside of a couple blazing guitar solos from Nels Cline, I don't think that Jeff uses the instrumental talent of his bandmates (or himself) enough on this record. I thought "Ghost is Born" had some unbelievable percussion and guitar moments, and that is mostly lacking on "Sky Blue Sky". With that said, I've already found myself singing along to all 12 tracks on this record, and the best moment for me is the very opening acoustic guitar strumming on the first track, "Either Way", followed by a classic-sounding opening vocal from Jeff, which has already been hard to match in the live performances of the song.

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.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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In the first half of this decade, Wilco released 2 groundbreaking studio albums, 2002's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and 2004's "a ghost is born", which both sounded miles away from the early alt-country roots of Wilco. Jeff Tweedy put a finishing touch on that chapter of the band with the release of the excellent live album "Kicking Television" in late 2005, which neatly summarizes that era, indicating that a different chapter was about to unfold. Now finally comes the much anticipated new album of Wilco.

"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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't lose sight of yourself March 27, 2007
By P. Opus
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It's probably a truism by now that the one thing you can expect from each new Wilco release is the unexpected. When you think you've got 'em pinned down, Tweedy and company zig where you're thinking they're gonna zag. That is as true with "Sky Blue Sky" as anywhere.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco at their best. Not a bad song on this colection
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 more
Published 6 days ago by happyjames4
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album for Wilco with their first time experimenting with more guitar and longer songs.
Published 1 month ago by thomas hardin
5.0 out of 5 stars You will eventually hum this album without realizing it
Such a great album from begining to end. It will work it's way into your very core.
Published 2 months ago by Rube4
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another solid record
Published 3 months ago by Tim Dorsey
5.0 out of 5 stars get it
Fantastic music! Different than their other albums. Wilco keeps things interesting. Get it. You won't be dissappointed. Get it now.
Published 11 months ago by William L. Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sky Blue Sky
I think it is their best album! Not to mention Impossible Germany could be their best song. Two thumbs up👍👍
Published 13 months ago by KO
5.0 out of 5 stars New to Wilco
Loved this one right away as soon as i played the title track sample on amazon! Wish my taste was always this accurate while browsing samples. Read more
Published 15 months ago by rocksteady
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes
An amazing CD. One of my favorite Wilco CDs for sure. If you like Wilco and/or are just getting started listening to them this is a must buy
Published 16 months ago by Josh Doppelt
2.0 out of 5 stars It's OK. I bot this because a co-worker recommended it (bad idea)
Bot this on the recommendation of someone I work with and THOUGHT I shared similar music taste with. Don't get me wrong, it's not HORRIBLE... Read more
Published 20 months ago by KU Alumnus
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest
Having always felt that a certain amount of warmth was missing from this band (since Being There, anyway), I was looking forward to hearing this when I heard that the relentless... Read more
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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
Good songs.... Be the first to reply
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