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Sky Blue Sky

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Wilco

Jeff Tweedy has had a lot on his shoulders lately: addiction, rehab, and the lofty expectations that come with each Wilco album. It’s no surprise then that he and the band have gone back to basics on Sky Blue Sky, ditching the sonic tinsel of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the minimalism of A Ghost Is Born for the haunting beauty of a slide guitar. His voice is the star, though. In ”Either Way” and ”Impossible Germany,” he sounds like a bicentennial-era Don Henley — raspy, rich, and right in the happy zone. This may be the best Eagles album the Eagles never made. A-

Originally posted May 11 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT

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