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Wilco:: Sky Blue Sky (Album Review)

Now, here’s a refreshing turn – a Wilco studio recording that sounds like it was made by a real band playing together in the same room. A little less Jim O’Rourke goes a long way. And the good news for old-school Wilco fans doesn’t end there. All those self-consciously avant bits of the two previous albums have been ditched along with Jeff Tweedy’s laughable lyrical abstractions in favour of tuneful, direct songs that at least seem to carry some emotional weight. Sky Blue Sky is not quite a feel-good album, but it’s as close as Tweedy could get by using the Relatively Clean Rivers LP as a road map.
(Tim Perlich)