Mar 4, 2007

Maybe You Just Need Some Time Alone

Patrick Daughters - Bright Eyes' Four Winds (2007)

Following is a song from the upcoming album "Sky Blue Sky" by Wilco, a pleasant little tune from band I'm still trying to figure out. It starts out as the morning's simple black coffee, adding a few sweet sprinkles from a waivering organ. The rush of the caffeinated orchestration elates the tune to a soaring soft-rock electric guitar solo, perhaps samping from the Piggly Wiggly radio that was playing when the rectangle of vacuum-packed grounds was first picked off the shelf. And, running parallel to hype-inflated expectations, it suddenly crashes into a gently embarrassed fade.

What do you think? Is this a misguided mistake, a noteable sound shift, or a important track from a future hindsight collection?

Wilco - Either Way (mp3) [preorder the May 15th release]


At Sunday, March 04, 2007, Blogger Mike said...

Well, it's nice to see that you're making a fresh attempt with Wilco. Someday maybe we'll have you singing Jesus, Etc the way you sing Beyonce.

I have to say I'm a bit disappointed in the track... far less poetic than a lot of their songs. And I don't quite get the easy-listening guitar riff near the end either. It's quite a departure from the beautiful trainwrecks on A Ghost Is Born. Maybe it'll make Katie happy.

At Sunday, March 04, 2007, Blogger Kyle said...

I just don't get them Mike. All I see is safe choices, bland songwriting, and this song.

At Sunday, March 04, 2007, Blogger Mike said...

Now you know I drank the Jeff Tweedy Kool-Aid years ago, so I disagree with the charge of bland songwriting. Although it'd be true if you're judging from this song and the over-played I'm A Wheel.

As for safe choices, well, I'm sure some other rabid Wilco fan has given you the history behind Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. And I thought A Ghost Is Born was steps beyond that album. Half the songs on the album veer into noisy layered dissonant chaos. Not avant-garde by any means, but the great thing about the tight band behind Tweedy is that they can pop back out of it just as easily as they fall in. The questionable songs on that album (namely Kidsmoke) are the most memorable in concert.

Still, the 30-somethings that buy every last ticket to every last show are typically the ones moaning about how great the "old stuff" was. They could be going soft, seeing as Jeff Tweedy's fans treat him like Thom Yorke or Jesus.


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