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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)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: n/a
  • ASIN: B000PMLIB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
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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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Wilco's first studio album in three years, Sky Blue Sky, has been perhaps the most ardently awaited release of '07. Eager fans had taken to shouting out pleas for information to bandleader Jeff Tweedy during his recent solo acoustic tour, and the web chatter has been virtually deafening. Critic Katie Toms of London's The Observer addressed fan speculation in an advance review, declaring, with unalloyed delight: Boy, was it worth the wait.... Simple and soothing, yet rich and rewarding, this is an album you unknowingly yearn for, like a cool hand on a hot forehead. A great album from a band in their prime Sky Blue Sky is as eloquently straightforward as Wilco's last studio recording, the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born, was daringly experimental. Tweedy's lyrics deal forthrightly with romantic separation and reconciliation, their bittersweet quality giving way, as the album progresses, to a more uplifting, redemptive mood. Tweedy quite literally banishes the darkness on the penultimate track, the inspiring, gospel-tinged What Light the album's first single and concludes with a deeply affecting, 'til-death-do-us-part lullaby, On and On and On. There are hints of early-seventies Southern California folk-rock sweetness in the harmonies throughout the band-produced Sky Blue Sky, a bluesy Allman Brothers feel to the guitar /keyboard interplay, and plenty of brash guitar solos that take songs like You Are My Face and Shake It Off in thrilling, unexpected directions. This is especially good news for the crowds that will fill the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, this June, where the band plays the first U.S. date of its 2007 world tour in support of Sky Blue Sky. Principal songwriter Tweedy cut these tracks in the band's Chicago studio with members John Stirratt (bass, vocals), Glenn Kotche (drums), Mike Jorgensen (keyboards), Nels Cline (guitars) and Pat Sansone (guitars, keyboards, vocals) all of whom are also becoming notable performers in their own right. A Ghost Is Born co-producer Jim O'Rourke returns as music contributor.

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The band is tight, the songs are great, the album, well produced.
happyjames4
It's not Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost is Born, A.M., Mermaid Avenue, Being There, Summerteeth, etc., etc., it's Sky Blue Sky.
Grigory's Girl
I would highly recommend the album, whether a die hard Wilco fan or a new listener.
J. K. Lowe

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. Wright on May 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I am not always one who buys the cd/dvd package when it costs more than just the cd because some bands string together some things on the dvd's that are complete [...]. That is not the case of this DVD. I was actually surprised by how beautifully it was shot and then at the end of the DVD I saw why it was because of Brendan Canty formerly of Fugazi. Brendan also had a lot to do with Jeff's solo DVD Sunken Treasure. If you don't think these songs will sound great live then you should hear these songs played live on the DVD they are incredible. Impossible Germany I have heard live last year on tour and Walken as well. I prefer the live version of Walken because I think it becomes a great rock song played live. I have had a chance to listen to the album several more times now and it is amazing to me that Wilco has been able to do two consistent things over the years and that is make great albums each time out and also piss off a portion of their fanbase every time out. I have seen some reviews on here and in some magazines about this album and I agree with some and some not so much. Does this album sound like a Grateful Dead album? I only hear two songs that sound like the Dead to me and that is Side With The Seeds and Sky Blue Sky. Shake It Off to me sounds like a Pink Floyd song to a certain degree to me. The real gem on this album though is the song that closes the album On and On and On. For those who may not now Jeff lost his mother last year and this song was written for his dad. For those who say that the lyrics on this album are not that great then I suggest you listen to the lyrics in this song very closely they are probably some of the most heartfelt lyrics that Tweedy has ever written.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By MRSCRY on 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 By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on March 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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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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