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Posted by: Dave on May 9, 2007 at 8:55 am

WilcoSkySound: Whether laid back and wistful, folky and strumming or roots rockin’ and jamming, Sky Blue Sky has a decidedly 70s, Americana feel reminiscent of legends like The Eagles, Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead. Jeff Tweedy & Co. have ditched the electronic and ambient experiments of their last two albums and returned to old-fashioned songwriting and band performance.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Walken”; “Hate It Here”; “Shake It Off”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Sky Blue Sky”; “What Light”; “Either Way”
Recommended: I wouldn’t rank Sky Blue Sky ahead of Wilco’s first four proper releases when it comes to sheer number of great songs. However, there’s a beauty and cohesiveness on here they haven’t achieved since their greatest album, 1996’s Being There. Plus, this is far more rewarding than 2004’s uneven and often unenjoyable A Ghost Is Born.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2007 Candidate)

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12 Responses to “Wilco Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)”

  1. Ben Says:

    By old-fashioned, do you mean boring? 😉

    The Eagles pretty much says it though.

    Hey, have you heard the new Clientele album. It’s quality.

  2. Dave Says:

    You won’t catch me listening to The Eagles by choice, but they do have some pretty songs.

    I do have the new Clientele. It hasn’t really struck me, though. Perhaps I should revisit.

  3. Ben Says:

    I don’t know if you’re a fan of the band or not. Maybe it’s not your thing. But it is newsy based on the fact that it is the result of a modification of course artistically. They added a violin player, are getting a seemingly serious push in the USA by Merge, and there are some relatively upbeat pop songs on there. I would think that both “Here Comes the Phantom” and “Bookstore Cassanova” will be aimed directly at college radio.

  4. Chip Says:

    I’ve been a fan of Tweedy since his uncle tupelo days. I listened to this album on their website. I agree it is different than their previous releases, but “Cohesive” is a great description. All the songs work together on this album. They have shed the electronics at atmospheric sounds of the last couple of releases without shedding innovation. I think it is officially out on Tuesday and I cant wait.

  5. Dave Says:

    Chip, it’s interesting you point out that the album officially comes out on Tuesday. Since Wilco’s streamed their last couple albums online months before the release date, it seems like all Wilco fans have had thorough familiarity and fully formed opinions of their albums weeks before the “official” release date. Call me old-fashioned, but I agree it’s still exciting that it’s officially out Tuesday.

  6. Chip Says:

    I will be interested to see how this one sells. They have picked up a new group of fans over the last few years it will be interesting to see how the “new” Wilco fans react to something that is less atmospheric than their previous couple of releases.

  7. Steve Says:

    I hate this record. I listened to it in it’s entirety last week when it was featured on AOL’s listening party. Everything that was interesting about there last to records is gone, and what we’re left with in BORING soft rock. Coming from forward thinking musicians this record is a surprise and a disappointment. Sorry, Dave but I’m gonna have to disagree with you on this one.

  8. Dave Says:

    Based on your reaction, I can only assume you’re a newer Wilco fan. Your response is not surprising for someone who sounds like they were attracted to the muddled and confused sounds of their last two albums.

    As a long-time Wilco fan, all I can say is ‘hallelujah…they’re back.”

  9. Chip Says:

    Dave in my previous post I said I wondered how the “new” Wilco fan would react versus you and I who obviously go back further.

    Steve I would be curious to know if you find an earlier album like “Being There.” Don’t get me wrong their last 2 albums were also brilliant; but this album bridges the gap in an incredible way.

  10. Steve Says:

    You guys are absolutely right. Relatively speaking, I am a new Wilco fan. They weren’t on my radar until yankee hotel foxtrot. I thought that was a great record, so naturally I went back and looked at their entire catalog. I think Being There is a strong album that could use a trim here and there. I remember strongly disliking AM, and being sort of indifferent to Summerteeth. When you look at their records you can see them evolve into a much more complicated and interesting band. Much of their old stuff has the same tired alt country/soft rock feeling that Sky Blue Sky has. I’m sure that a lot of it is a matter of taste, but I just feels like they’re phoning it in. I respect your opinions, and I promise next time I comment on Dave’s site I won’t be a hater.

  11. Dave Says:

    Nothing wrong with hatin’. Feel free to hate (or express your musical opinions) all you want on the site. But when you’re praising my 2 least favorite Wilco albums and trashing the ones I love, I’ve gotta say something. And we’ll probably just have to agree to disagree on Wilco. Being There is one of my all-time favorites. And AM always makes me feel good.

  12. Daniel Says:

    I have to say, that I could not agree with you in 100% regarding Wilco Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch), but it’s just my opinion, which could be wrong :)

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