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Sky Blue Sky [Enhanced]

Wilco Audio CD
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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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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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1 x CD Album, Enhanced
Europe 2007

1Either Way3:05
2You Are My Face4:38
3Impossible Germany5:57
4Sky Blue Sky3:23
5Side With The Seeds4:15
6Shake It Off5:40
7Please Be Patient With Me3:17
8Hate It Here4:31
9Leave Me (Like You Found Me)4:09
10Walken4:26
11What Light3:35
12On And On And On4:00

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything has its plan, either way... June 1 2007
Format:Audio CD
A very strong and concise effort which flows beautifully from start to finish. Excellent songwriting and execution. Please don't be influenced by some of the nit-picky comments that several critics are putting out there about Sky Blue Sky. Artists evolve, bands evolve. Jeff Tweedy and company know what they're doing, so just sit back and enjoy the ride. This recording is somewhat understated relative to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost is Born. That's not good or bad, just different. Less is more with Sky Blue Sky, and every note counts on this recording. If you can appreciate anything about Wilco, you will not be disappointed with this CD. Like most art, it takes a little time to fully appreciate. Spend the time, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ... Aug. 16 2007
Format:Audio CD
I'd love to love this album, but I can't. This review is after four listens, and I'll still give it another few as I really like Wilco. I really love the unique blend of songs and sounds in albums like "Yankee Foxtrot Hotel" and, my personal favourite, "A Ghost is Born". But that is all but a memory in "Sky Blue Sky".

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the Year July 11 2007
Format:Audio CD
Much has been made of Wilco's so called return to Americana or roots. What this record has going for it is the instrumental might of one Nels Cline, the 51 year old guitarist extraordinaire. The tunes are memorable, the licks sublime. What more could you ask for in overly processed times like these.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Staying right for you May 14 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Wilco is basically the reigning king of alt-rock -- even when it stumbled, it was still keeping a hand on the throne.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wilco Does It Again May 23 2007
By Gerard Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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.

Walken - Something Van Morrison may have done if he had an incredibly talented guitar player at his disposal.

What Light - A straight up Dylan rip-off. Don't forget this is a man (Tweedy) who makes it no secret he wishes he was him (Bob Dylan's 49th Beard). A perfectly executed rip-off.

On And On And On - Written for his father after his mother died, and a little hint of the soundscape type music from YHF and AGIB. A hint of a return on the next album, or a swan song?

Yes, I love this band unabashedly. No shame here. Go see them live if you never have. They'll blow your mind.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but boring... but beautiful March 16 2007
By MRSCRY - Published on Amazon.com
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.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return/step forward to the simpler sound of Wilco May 26 2007
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
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!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't lose sight of yourself March 27 2007
By P. Opus - Published on Amazon.com
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." Not that this is a bad thing - Pretzel is one of my favorite records of all time in fact - it's just not what I thought I was going to hear. Only "Hate it Here" really grabbed me. For the first time in a decade or more I actually found myself let down by a Wilco record.

But sometimes it takes time for things to happen. Like any relationship worthy of sticking with, you give things a chance. The second half of the record got a second spin at the desk, and the first half in the car on the way home. I even took the long route just to let it sink in. By that point I was beginning to come around. The moment it hit me though was several hours later, when I was washing the dishes after dinner. I started with "Hate it Here" and played it to the end. By the time the final track rolled around I knew I had found a keeper.

The key to understanding this disc is in the lyrics to "What Light," where Tweedy seems to be addressing the attention which his songwriting has garnered. "Just sing what you feel," he croons in his best husky Dylan-esque, "don't let anyone say it's wrong." Later in the song he makes reference to what is "yours" being "everyone's from now on," a fact that is neither "right or wrong." It's this kind of honesty and soul that defines this record, and meshes beautifully with the new, more grounded sound. Tweedy here and throughout the record seems to be doing what soul artists from days past (Otis Redding, for example, or Solomon Burke) have done: that is to sit down, look around, and try to make sense of life. Throughout there is a feeling of recovery, of healing from past wounds and sorting out relationships gone awry. Tweedy asks the hard questions on "Side With the Seeds" and shows a quiet sense of humor and resignation on "Hate it Here." If "A Ghost is Born" was the bad trip, filled with devils, migraines and ten-minute drone-sessions, this is the quiet morning after when you wake up and try to put your life back together.

As for the record's sound, there are all kinds of comparisons you could make. I already pointed out similarities with Steely Dan, but there is also a Josh Rouse-ish feel, and a kind of prog-rockish guitar thing in some songs courtesy of Nels Cline that is often unexpected and sometimes unbelievably spectacular. Tweedy seems to be in full singer-songwriter mode, and suitably the acoustic guitar makes a frequent appearance. If the record has one flaw, it seems to be the fear of making too much noise. At times Tweedy and company seem to be afraid they just might wake the neighbors.

However, this is a small price to pay for a record that contains so much wisdom, that feels so grounded and sane. Tweedy has shed what he considers to be his "hoity-toity poetry" (which actually did lead, in all fairness, to several of the best records in the history of popular music) and has gone back to basics with this set of spare, minimalistic tunes. If there is any controversy swirling around this one, it can only be that he has turned his back on the critics the way he supposedly turned his back on alt-country fans after "Being There." I do expect a possible critical backlash and I'm sure Tweedy will be laughing it up as he readies himself for a tour. Hey crits, there's always Loose Fur to drool over!

In summation of this long, rambly, largely stream-of-consciousness review, this is a record to be ENJOYED. Listen but don't overanalyze. It's that kind of a record.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossibly genuine..... Feb. 10 2008
By Grigory's Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've read many reviews for this album, and some of them were downright aggressively angry and bitter. This is a beguiling album, another chapter in a band that is probably the most underrated, underappreciated band working today. While grunge exploded in the 1990's and was being thrust in our faces, these guys were making really amazing music completely under the radar, and while the grunge bands have either splintered or are just former fragments of what they used to be, Wilco is still standing, getting better with each album. I find this album charming, etheral, and solidly Wilcoish. It's really beautiful, especially the single What Light and Either Way. Nels Cline's guitar work really gives this album a unique sound. Jeff Tweedy is a great band leader as well as a great songwriter/musician. He chooses his musicians with the same great care he writes his songs. I don't understand why so-called longtime fans of Wilco hate this so much. It's not Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost is Born, A.M., Mermaid Avenue, Being There, Summerteeth, etc., etc., it's Sky Blue Sky.
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