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First impression

Wilco’s new album Sky Blue Sky sounds as if, just as Jeff Tweedy began listening to Marvin Gaye, he also hired a band that loves classic rock. Lyrical yearning and guitar solos over silky bass lines and a Hammond organ is what it is. It’s also pretty good.



Before he busts into “Layla”-era Clapton riffs, the lead guitarist on “Impossible Germany” plays a vibrato that’s heartbreaking.

I figured it out: it’s not Clapton; it’s the Eagles. Jeff Tweedy sings like Don Henley on more than one track!