Monday, July 9, 2007

My thoughts on Sky Blue Sky

I've heard several people's thoughts on this album, I've read a few reviews and opinions are all over the board. Some look at this as a dissappoinment verus their previous work, some say its the best album the Eagles never made which I think is supposed to be a compliment. I personally dont like Eagles comparisons one bit.

Anyway, I was listening to this album this past Saturday night and realized I have a ginormous crush on it, I mean really strong feelings. I think I'm falling for it.
Let me rewind a few weeks back (insert rewinding tape sound effect here).

My initial listen i skipped through every track looking for something with a pulse, I thought it was boring. The second listen I had drank a few beers and was sitting on my front porch swing on a cool June night before a storm (I realize how completely picturesqe and lame that sounds) but this is when I started to get it. Then, over fathers day I drove to OKC for the weekend to visit my folks. I must've listened to this this album 3 times, I was hooked.....something about it seemed so happy, yet sad, and very fresh to me. Its definitely not a party album. I think this album grows on you the most if you're completely relaxed, by yourself, and just have some time to kill.

Maybe this album isnt as good as their previous work, I really dont know. Maybe its less experimantal, but I really dont think it was meant to be. I'd much rather have a laid-back, genuine, true album versus something forced, with no feeling. I think that would be a disappointment.
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Rueg Dog said...

Right On! There's something to say about an album that is happy and sad but retains its freshness. Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young were masters at that.

Garrett said...

Thanks Reug dog.
We've talked about this before but Neil Young is an artist I really need to become more familar with. I love what I know but it doesnt go very deep.

Mr. Vranicar said...

I'm with you man. A band can't be expected to reinvent the wheel every time out like they did with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. This is a very solid effort by one of the best bands of our time.

I love your "i have a crush on it" analogy. That's exactly how I'd describe my feelings about this album.

Anonymous said...

I've always been somewhat slow. And somewhat honest. And I admit I am somewhat disappointed by this latest wilco effort. If I'm not in a comfortable reclining position where I can safely fall asleep, I need to pop an upper before I listen to theisentire album. The guitar work is pretty mediocre. Actually, not even pretty, it's ugly mediocre. Junior high school power chords. Baby leads. Embryo effects. Unimaginative. Uninspiring. Where did Wilco go? I miss my good and trustworthy friend.

Garrett said...


I can respect that. (If this is who i think it is) you're much more familiar with these guys past work than me. I'm still pretty wet behind the ears with this band. There was a time when even YHF didnt do much for me, it took me a while (and that was several years after the album came out). If anything, this will just make you anticipate their next album as it sounds like this is as low as they can get for you. :)