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Wilco, 'Sky Blue Sky'

Wilco Sky Blue Sky
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Irony alert: the record about Jeff Tweedy’s post-rehab coolout period is by far Wilco's weediest. Elegant and mellow, rich with sweet Seventies rock scholarship, Sky Blue Sky has the best band interplay of any of their albums. On "Impossible Germany" Tweedy and avant-guitar bigshot Nels Cline noodle heavenward like a chill post-rock Steely Dan for six insanely pretty minutes, and the lyrics wrestle rough, fuzzy wisdom from everyday shit like doing the laundry and walking alone around your neighborhood, singing to yourself.

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