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Old 05-16-2007, 11:12 AM   #61
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Old 05-17-2007, 01:37 AM   #63
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So I was traveling on Tuesday when this was released and picked up a copy on the road. After two listens on the roadtrip I started getting upset because I wasn't loving it, and I've never not loved a Wilco record on the first listen (except for A.M.). It took 3 or 4 listens to start getting into it. I've no doubt its subtleties will start revealing themselves to me but for the moment I'm enjoying it but not crazy in love with it. But I can tell it's a grower.
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I had been listening to this a couple of months ago when it leaked but then put it aside. But then I put it on again after dinner tonight after buying it on Tuesday.

All I can say....a beautiful Southern California night, having the top down, listening to the cranked up guitar solo on Impossible Germany while coming back from Malibu on the PCH with the Pacific on my right =

This is a great album.
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For those who have bought the album, you can watch the webcast from their concert in London on Sunday. Just put the CD in your computer and click on the extras folder.
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I’ve found this album to be the most appealing Wilco endeavour yet. I think it’s comparable to a Harvest, Harvest Moon or Prairie Wind Neil Young album, Wilco having put some cords behind their country and blues inclinations. The music is tight and cohesive, songs like ‘You Are My Face’ serving to illustrate the cohesive sort of climate the recording stuio much have been steeped in.

I think if you gave Kicking Televisions a few spins you might have picked up the direction Wilco was heading in when they pressed record on these songs. Hating It Here standing as a good example of good steeping bridge between the sort of prolonged jams I liked so much on Television and the material that ended up on Sky.

I’m really enjoying it. It’s very much in the vein of Neil Young, Paul McCartney (Chaos and Creation), The Band, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and I suppose it might even be in the same genius as the Grateful Dead maybe?

Those descriptions supply at best an ill fit but still, I love this album. I really do. It’s comforting. It’s reminiscent of summer evenings. It’s enormously familiar, not in a derivative way but in a reassuring sense. I am really looking forward to having it on in the summer. It gets my vote for the best album of the year thus far.
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I’ve found this album to be the most appealing Wilco endeavour yet. I think it’s comparable to a Harvest, Harvest Moon or Prairie Wind Neil Young album, Wilco having put some cords behind their country and blues inclinations. The music is tight and cohesive, songs like ‘You Are My Face’ serving to illustrate the cohesive sort of climate the recording stuio much have been steeped in.

I think if you gave Kicking Televisions a few spins you might have picked up the direction Wilco was heading in when they pressed record on these songs. Hating It Here standing as a good example of good steeping bridge between the sort of prolonged jams I liked so much on Television and the material that ended up on Sky.

I’m really enjoying it. It’s very much in the vein of Neil Young, Paul McCartney (Chaos and Creation), The Band, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and I suppose it might even be in the same genius as the Grateful Dead maybe?

Those descriptions supply at best an ill fit but still, I love this album. I really do. It’s comforting. It’s reminiscent of summer evenings. It’s enormously familiar, not in a derivative way but in a reassuring sense. I am really looking forward to having it on in the summer. It gets my vote for the best album of the year thus far.
That's a really nice post. I'm enjoying it, too. I guess overall I prefer pop/rock Wilco to more countryish Wilco but yeah, I am looking forward to sitting in the backyard with a beer and Sky Blue Sky this summer. Comforting, reassuring, but with the depth we've all come to expect with Tweedy's lyrics.
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It's finally grown on me and I've accepted it for what it is and what the band wants it to be. It's not my favorite Wilco album by a long shot, but I'm finding plenty of things to love about it. I like.
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It's finally grown on me and I've accepted it for what it is and what the band wants it to be. It's not my favorite Wilco album by a long shot, but I'm finding plenty of things to love about it. I like.
I understand where you are coming from and understand the sort of criticism and ire the album has drawn from the fan community.

But I think your approach is perfect. People need to give it a few listens and take it for what it is. Wilco has always operated in a coherent and consistent way, each album guided by a specific musical vision.

I think the philosophy of tight musicianship and almost lazy rhythm will translate really well in to the live show.

I also like how the album looks to shape the long term. This is a great rooster for the band, working well together and sounding like they really enjoy each other.

I think if they do some sort of composite type album next, where they incorporate pieces of the solid pop of Summerteeth in to the winding complexities of Yankee, held together by the sort of musicianship and musical tradition of Sky, I think you've got the perfect album :Pray:

And actually I can see that happening.

But before I get a head of my self, I am going to keep on really enjoying this album and would recommend it to anyone looking for that summer defining album.
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I was lurking over at viachicago.org and, damn, Wilco fans are smart, insightful, hilarious and good writers. I'm going to lurk over there more often.

Anyway, I liked what this person said about SBS as part of a discussion of the terrible Pitchfork 5.2 review:

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Pitchfork is a very worthy music site, but they can be baffling at times.

The below quotes could almost apply for Sky Blue Sky, but are actually Pitchfork quotes from an album that got an 8.2 rating:

"beautiful moments-- even when the songs themselves aren't particularly engrossing"

"The (album) is so confident that its strangeness could easily go unnoticed"

"meandering tunefully through subtle but effective changes in texture and tone"

"doesn't provoke deep absorption or self-reflection so much as a kind of fond familiarity"

These are quotes from Bonnie "Prince" Billy's very good album, "The Letting Go".

Of course, Bonnie sings about love lost or love desired and sounds pained and sad throughout....y'know....he's a suffering artist. How dare Jeff Tweedy sing songs of hope! How dare Tweedy write lyrics that are more gray than black and white!
Had Rob Mitchum gave the disc more of his time, perhaps he would have written something as profound as this quote from Popmatters' review:

I've listened to the album countless times, and am fairly steeped in the consternation, confusion, and griping surrounding its songs, production, direction, lyrics, etc., in the reams of web and other chatter. No doubt you're familiar with it as well, even if you haven't heard the record yet, which, where the hell have you been? I can also understand a lot of the present and future complains with Sky Blue Sky, because at various points I've shared them: the album is too slick, oddly unexperimental, straightforward, sentimental, embarrassingly direct. But lately I've had to face the awkward truth that despite my initial misgivings, I've listened to the album more than any other released in 2007 thus far, and there's no stopping in sight.
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For those who have bought the album, you can watch the webcast from their concert in London on Sunday. Just put the CD in your computer and click on the extras folder.
Now how did they do that?
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there is a file in the CD that will take you to the stream of the concert. It's all I know (sorry, not too good with technology!).
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