Thursday, December 20, 2007

Ryan's Top 10: Number 6

#6 Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

I’ve got to say….I’ve enjoyed the hell out of this album, but it took me a while to get to that point. I read a lot about this album when it first came out, and I got the feeling that the general consensus was this was Wilco’s Adult Contemporary album. Now I could never gather enough information to get a feel for what that really meant, or whether it was supposed to be a good thing or a bad thing. Regardless, I’ve really enjoyed Sky Blue Sky. I like to think the album has an overall cheerful feel to it, which is refreshing. There are not too many good albums (that I listen to anyways) nowadays would I classify as “cheerful.” From the initial, light-hearted “Either Way”, past the lazy reminiscence of the title track, to the comforting finale “On and On and On”, the album has a relax, dare I say adult-contemporary, feel. Wow. Adult-contemporary is definitely something I would not have used to describe an album I loved 5 or 6 years ago. To me, adult contemporary was always Rod Stewart or Bryan Adams. Stuff like that. I would never have imagined myself loving something “adult-contemporary”. It has such a grown up, refuse to bend the rules, negative sounds to it. But maybe the way I feel about this album simply describes a transitional state that my life seems to be in. As I slowly progress through my later 20-ies, on the cusp of entering the real world, with all the forced-realization that obtaining a job will offer, maybe I’m slowly transitioning to a more adult contemporary lifestyle. Maybe I’m slowly becoming less Smashing Pumpkins and more Goo Goo Dolls. Or maybe, just maybe, Sky Blue Sky is just a damn good album, that I would’ve enjoyed regardless of current life-state. Either way, I’m glad Wilco put it out. Now if I could just see them perform it live……

Wilco - Either Way

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky

Kinda makes you wanna run out and buy a Volkswagon...don't it?


[EDIT] Sorry about the bandwidth problem. I just fixed things, so if you weren't able to sample a song....give it another go. Once again, sorry. I guess I'm just posting too much.


aren said...

Adult-contemporary is a scary word (must be the hyphen), but I wouldn't be too quick to apply it to Sky Blue Sky. I'd say its a mellow and cheerful album, but also realistic. I think of adult-contemporary as being a bit naive, while Wilco is still very much real and relevant. All that aside, I'm with you. I love this disc. I was also beginning to feel that it wasn't getting the credit it deserves. And I'd say seeing it live makes all the difference.

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