Trying To Get To You

Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Heart Trumps The Head

Thanks to someone who shall remain nameless, I have a copy of the new Wilco album, Sky Blue Sky, hitting the street on May 15. I've never been a big Wilco fan. I enjoyed a few tracks from their first two records, but have never gotten into the works they've been celebrated for, like Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. To be blunt, I found those albums boring - I never got into the songs, and they struck me as efforts that celebrated the cerebral at the expense of the emotional.

So I'm suprised to be writing that I think Sky Blue Sky is excellent - it sounds like they quit worrying about the need to be experimental (although that component is still there) and just concentrated on writing really strong songs. I get the feeling that Jeff Tweedy was listening to Donnie Hathaway records when he was writing and making this album instead of listening to Ok Computer.

That's a good thing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Really? i've been listening to it too and while i think it's a "return to form" of their pre-Summerteeth era of less wank and more songs, i think the album overall is kinda boring.
I'm glad they're headed in that direction again, but maybe you should listen to it side by side with Being There or AM and see if the tunes hold up..