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|8. Hate It Here|
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|12. On And On And On|
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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The album opens on a very high note with 'Either Way'. You experience Jeff Tweedy's great voice and wonderful guitar accompaniment. The backing guitar is great in this song and even better in songs like 'Unlikely Germany'. I'd go so far as to say it's the most impressive playing display in Wilco's songs so far. Maybe 'At least that what you said' comes close (on "A ghost is born")
The problem comes at around track 6 when you realize you've been hearing the same song for the last 3 tracks. The variance in style and sound on past Wilco records is gone and in its place is the same guitar you've been hearing the entire time and continue to hear for the rest of the record. Where is the change from 'Company at my back' to 'I'm a wheel'(on "AGIB"), 'I am trying to break your Heart' to 'Kamera' (on YFH) or 'How to fight loneliness' to 'via Chicago' (on "Summerteeth").
Using the same instruments is expected in rock groups. No one complains because Pearl jam doesn't use enough Blue's guitar or saxophone in their songs. But Wilco isn't the traditional rock group. And in this album they've really relying on one instrument to push through track. Sorry if I'm hammering this point so much, but the monotony is really the downfall of this album. Nothing happens to spice up and add interest to the songs.
At the end of the day, I feel like I'm listening to dad rock that could be on my local "easy listening" station.Read more ›
The nice thing about this version is not only the music, but the included DVD that has some lovely videos on it.
And fortunately, after the disappointing "A Ghost is Born," Wilco returns with a mellow, more optimistic sound in "Sky Blue Sky." Frankly, Jeff Tweedy sounds more at peace with the world, and he wraps that peace in a back-to-basics country-rock blanket.
"Maybe the sun will shine today/The clouds will blow away/Maybe I won't feel so afraid/I will try to understand either way," Tweedy sings over a folky guitar, a swelling violin and a flickering piano. It sounds like a promise to a loved one, after his stint with addiction: "I will try to understand/Everything has its plan/Either way I'm going to stay right for you..."
He follows it up with a gentle river of mellow, smooth alt-rockers laced with keyboard, stomping rockers, loosely-wound acoustic ballads, drawling electro-country, and combinations of all of the above. And they're all slow-burning, meditative and reflective, right up to the hopeful "What Light" and the delicate piano'n'strings of "On and On and On."
You could call this Jeff Tweedy's "recovery album" -- it's filled with new hope, old fears, repairing relationships with loved ones ("you're gonna need to be patient with me") and reflections on the world. There's something very personal about most of these songs.
And the music has gone back to basics -- rippling acoustic guitar, piano melodies and ripples of retro keyboard, and some blasts of bass and violin. While Wilco doesn't forge any new territory, they do polish up what they have with some lovely harmonies and layers of delicate instrumentation.
Tweedy's slightly rough voice is a pleasant one, registering yearning, sorrow and optimism through the album.Read more ›