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  • Summary: The sixth studio set for the Jeff Tweedy-fronted band is less experimental and adventurous than Wilco's previous few efforts. It is the first Wilco studio album to feature the work of touring guitarist Nels Cline.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. 91
    Wilco has constructed their most straightforward release in recent memory, which relies heavily on the inspired intricacies of a full-hearted band.
  2. This is mature, considered, powerfully expressed stuff, anti-hipster in its refusal to draw explicit attention to itself, commercially questionable in its lack of instant-gratification melodies and structures. What a breath of fresh air that is.
  3. Sky Blue Sky may find Wilco dipping their toes into roots rock again, but this doesn't feel like a step back so much as another fresh path for one of America's most consistently interesting bands.
  4. It's certainly the group's most cohesive album in ages.
  5. 70
    Sky Blue Sky often feels like the Dead's American Beauty if Jerry Garcia had taken Paxil instead of acid. [Jun 2007, p.103]
  6. Sky Blue Sky’s only ambition is to capture the warm tones of the early '70s rock FM they grew up on and clearly love. The execution is flawless. One can’t help but ask, however, “What’s the point?”

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 10 out of 130
  1. CliffA
    Apr 25, 2007
    Second to YHF but should become a classic
  2. JohnH
    May 21, 2007
    Just a simply beautiful album
  3. JuanF.
    Feb 10, 2008
    Is simple, beautiful, intelligent, all great songs. I think is the mayor Wilco album. Just listen songs like on and on and withe light.
  4. PeterC
    May 14, 2007
    Brilliant! Tweedy sounds confident and relaxed. the songs have a gentle charm and fell as comopfrtable as a favorite shirt. A plaid flannel shirt, of course. Expand
  5. PeteO
    May 21, 2007
    While not as overall impressed with it as A Ghost Is Born, which I now consider their peak, I must say that this is definitely a fantastic album. I really love how loose it sounds and how it often feels like a band just having a great time jamming out. The guitar solos in particular are all well played and inventive. Wilco continues to impress as one of the best American bands of our time, and all time. Expand
  6. JohnJ.
    May 15, 2007
    Some songs are just plain limp but there are some very nice moments.
  7. gordie
    May 14, 2007

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