Sky Blue Sky
Sky Blue Sky is the sixth studio album by American rock band Wilco, released on May 15, 2007 by Nonesuch Records. It was the band’s first studio album with guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone. Sky Blue Sky was Wilco’s highest debuting album on the Billboard 200 at number four.
About Sky Blue Sky in brief
Sky Blue Sky is the sixth studio album by American rock band Wilco, released on May 15, 2007 by Nonesuch Records. It was the band’s first studio album with guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone. Sky Blue Sky was Wilco’s highest debuting album on the Billboard 200 at number four. The self-produced album received mostly favorable reviews by critics. While some critics praised the direct lyrical approach, others criticized it when compared to previous Wilco albums. The band licensed six songs from the Sky blue Sky sessions to a Volkswagen advertisement campaign, a move that generated criticism from fans and the media. The album was recorded by TJ Doherty at The Loft in Irving Park, Chicago, where Tweedy had recorded Loose Fur’s Born Again in the USA and most of Wil co’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Many of the album’s songs were recorded in a single day, with the band reaching a consensus on how each song should sound. A deluxe edition of Sky BlueSky was also released, which included a DVD with eight live performances from the Wilco Loft. The outtake \”Let’s Not Get Carried Away\” was included with iTunes digital downloads, and a full-band version of \”The Thanks I Get\” was released on the band’s Myspace page. The title track is an ode to Tweedy’s father, who died after the death of his mother in 2004. Tweedy attributes the lyrical directness to his listening to material by The Byrds and Fairport Convention while recording the album.
He disliked the reliance on studio effects on previous albums and more influenced by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Rolling Stones. Unlike the previous albums, the album was made with only minimal involvement of Jim O’Rourke; the album which was produced with very few overdubs. It is the first time that the band has expanded to feature the lineup that premiered on Kicking Television Live: Live Live in Chicago. New to the band since the previous album was the previous lead guitarist Nel Cline. Guitarist Jeff Tweedy provided the lead vocals for the album and John Stirratt played guitar and background vocals, the only other original member of the band, played bass, and Glenn Kotche played drums and Mikael Jorgensen performed keyboards on a variety of instruments. The name of the record is a reference to a childhood memory ofTweedy’s, of a Memorial Day parade in Belleville, Illinois. He had come home from St. Louis with his family, but could not reach his house because the parade blocked the main street. This led Tweedy to reflect upon his future in the town: he knew that he would have to leave when he grew up because it was too small. The band sought to be more direct with this record than the previous two, resulting in a more mellow album. Some albums that were shipped to independent record stores included an EP featuring the outtake One True Vine and a live version of Theologians.