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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 (14 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000PITXM8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,471 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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BBC Review

Currently regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet, due in no small part to their last live album, Kicking Television, Jeff Tweedy's merry crew have weathered the storms of lost shipmates and new blood to deliver this, their seventh album. All the signs are that calmer waters are ahead. And that's a good thing.

With the addition of Nels Cline and Pat Sansone it's unsurprising that Sky Blue Sky's texture is riddled with the sounds of chiming six strings. Depending on whether you belong to the Wilco-as-experimental-pioneers school or just enjoy a little 70s-style riffage this could be seen as bad or good. Certainly the dual attack of 'Impossible Germany' owes as much to the Allman Brothers as Television or Sonic Youth. Jeff Tweedy's humble deprecation is still here, but lacks the self-flailing quality that made Yankee Hotel Foxtrot such a thrilling yet often uncomfortable ride. Instead a song like 'Please Be Patient With Me' is the work of a man who's done his time in therapy and has emerged both more realistic and able to dwell more easily within his own skin. There's humour aplenty too, especially in the George Jones-meets-slackerdom romp of 'Hate It Here'.

If all this sounds bland and vaguely disappointing, it's not. Too many critics seem to cling to the outmoded idea that to be good you have to be in constant pain. The fact is that Sky Blue Sky is made up of awesomely good songs that most bands could never approach. Who cares what shade of mood inspired them? This is obviously the work of a band at peace with themselves and each other. Cline's ease with which he slips between jazzy exptemporising, pedal steel chimes and slide mayhem (the punningly titled 'Walken') proves that the gigging rite-of-passage (documented on Kicking Television) has resulted in him seamlessly becoming a crucial member of the team. The aforementioned 'Imposssible Germany', along with 'Side With The Seeds' and 'Shake It Off' display a perversely Chicagoan sense of the dynamics of post rock while retaining a kick-ass country feel.

Overall this is Wilco returning to their alt-country playground while not abandoning their ability to surprise and worry at any boundaries that remain. At the heart of Sky Blue Sky is a maturity to recognise that we need each other. The closer 'On And On And On' begs us to remember our mortality, not as a burden, but as a liberating force. Wise words indeed! --Chris Jones

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Furman on 26 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
Yes, I enjoyed the experimentation. I championed ghost when some were panning it... But here we have a crowning achievement, a homecoming, and a bold statement. The band that fell apart as YHF was being recorded reassembled itself for Ghost, toured a LOT, and lo and behold became a cohesive unit. Sky blue sky is the proof. Nels Kline is there, Glen Kotche (sp?) s there, as are the others. Tweedy's genius for innovation is tempered by a band of incomparable musicianship, and together they have produced a masterpiece. Although I unashamedly consider him a genius, Tweedy is best when backed by more genius (e.g. Jay Bennet) and now he seems to be comfortably ensconced in another circle of geniuses (genii?). When they toured on ghost, it seemed like they were starting to pull together, and I smugly predicted that this album would be a BAND album. Of course I was right. The production is very intimate, with the mike halfway down Tweedy's throat sometimes. It feels almost like a live performance (this band rocks and rocks and rocks live). Nels' guitar solos blend seamlessly into a rave up chorus. songwriting is comfortably eclectic, but feels firmly rooted in Tweedy's roots for the first time since Being There. i will listen to this over and over with a stupid grin on my face.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
The reception to this album puzzles the hell of me. This is a stone cold alt country classic and yet it appears that many listeners are getting a bit hot under the collar since Wilco and its key songwriter Jeff Tweedy has rediscovered tunes. We all love the past two albums particularly YFH, one of my favorite albums, but do i honestly listen to all the tracks on that or a ghost is born? The answer is of course not. No body in their right mind listens to "Reservations" or "Less than you think" on Ghost unless your some sort of Sonic Youth noise purist and think "Arc" is Neil Young's crowning glory. Get "Kicking Televison" and the song which the crowd go most banana's for is "Jesus etc". Yet here we have an album with songs as equally good as the latter especially "Impossible Germany" "Hate it here" "Side with Seeds" (check the great performance on the amazon review)and it is greated with a sort of high brow indifference because of its lack of cutting edge experimentation and includes what John Peel used to call "dangerous hints of melody". Surely the sign of a great band is the ability to "vary their plays" and Sky blue sky delivers in spades. With Ryan Adams and Conor Oberst delivering equally strong new albums 2007 is going rather well thus far.
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My ongoing love affair with Wilco began at the time of Sky Blue Sky's release, but not, oddly, with the album itself, which received fairly mixed opinions at the time. Sifting through those variable reviews I found myself tracking back to their earlier album 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot', for me their masterpiece, and following it with the more challenging but (almost) equally rewarding 'Ghost is Born'. The criticisms levelled at Sky Blue Sky seemed to be that they had abandoned some of their wilful dissonance and sonic adventure in favour of softer rock brushstrokes and a return to the more conventional (pre-YHF) alt-country template with which they had made their name, but that I am admittedly not familiar with. Thus it was with mild trepiditation that I approached Sky Blue Sky, and I'm happy to report, belatedly, that it's a very beautiful record indeed. Some of what has been lost in terms of electronic or experimental distortion has been compensated in part by some of Jeff Tweedy's most robust and lucid vocals yet, and by a lushness of instrumentation, abetted by the addition of two new players in Nels Cline and Glenn Kotche - names new to me but apparently experimentalists of some repute.

Sky Blue Sky been painted as too 'nice', too soft rock, but Wilco's moods are too despondent, too bleak to satisfy the real mainstream. Both tight and expansive, many of Sky Blue Sky's tracks unfold with beautifully sparring guitars - their singular gifts for mixing textures undiminished. The fact that the textures have changed - there are fewer Jim O'Rourke-patented spasms of guitar noise - doesn't automatically make the music garden-variety.
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Yes, great. It was with some trepidation that I tore open the cellophane wrapper and hit the play button. After two truly wonderful albums in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born, aren't they due a dud? Perhaps, but that's not what they've delivered.

More relaxed, less frantic and comfortable in its own skin, Sky Blue Sky showcases a band who can move from more familiar soaring guitar solos to Uncle Tupelo-era acoustic ballads, and back again without breaking a sweat. Frontman Jeff Tweedy called this "hands down the easiest Wilco album to make" and it's obvious. The songs feel happier, without the frustration and anger of a band falling apart (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot) or a crippling drug addiction (A Ghost Is Born). Notably absent is the challenging fuzz and noise from the previous two albums. Sky Blue Sky is much more accessible yet on first listen doesn't sound like much. Like the best relationships this album makes you yearn to listen to it again, and rewards your time by revealing new facets you hadn't noticed before. At first "Impossible Germany" will seem like the greatest song ever written, then "Please Be Patient With Me" will captivate you with its gentle harmonies before you move onto the sticatto lead guitar of "Hate It Here". If you buy Sky Blue Sky, be prepared to listen to nothing else for weeks, this is Wilco at their effervescent peak.
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