Never has the band sounded more passive, from the direct and domestic nature of Tweedy's lyrics, to the soft-rock-plus-solos format already hinted at on Ghost 's "At Least That's What You Said" and "Hell Is Chrome" that most of its songs adhere to. The lackluster spirit even pervades the song titles: "Shake It Off" is probably most accurate not to mention the album's worst track , but "On and On and On" and "Please Be Patient With Me" are both strong alternatives. It's hard to contest Tweedy's headspace in the making of Sky Blue Sky -- the record's themes of exhaustion and hesitantly returning to normalcy are particularly resonant in the wake of his recent rehabilitation.
Perhaps it's just a shame that the music fits the message so well; just as the chaos and space of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot fit with that record's message of communication breakdown, Sky Blue Sky 's soothing classic rock elements feel like a desperate pursuit of comfort.
Even the noisy guitar interludes often led by Tweedy rather than Cline play a dramatic role, absorbing the frustrations Tweedy must have accumulated during all the difficult moments documented in the record's lyrics. Among Sky Blue Sky 's most distressing attributes is its misuse of the experimentalist weapons at Tweedy's command: drummer Glenn Kotche is given no room to stretch beyond routine time-keeping, and Cline is used for his capacity to rip and wail rather than his ear for texture and atmosphere.
Case in point, the drowsy opener "Either Way" sleepwalks through a list of indecisive sentiments "maybe you love me, maybe you don't" before breaking for a Cline solo that's straight-up Weather Channel Local on the 8s. Elsewhere the sextet lineup tends to overplay what should be a collection of fragile, lonesome material. Multiple songs "Impossible Germany", "Walken" end up in multi-guitar Skynyrd jam sessions or White Album aspirations "Hate It Here" that sound more homage than heartfelt.
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