The only thing that’s been consistent with Wilco is the quality of their music. Everything else is up in the air. Whether that’s the constant barrage of people going in and out of the band the past few years or front man Jeff Tweedy’s drug problems a few years ago, there’s never been something you can predict with Wilco.
“Sky Blue Sky” isn’t psychedelic pop-type music like we’ve seen from Wilco in the recent past. It’s country-rock/roots rock that we saw from them going way back to the nineties during their time on Warner Bros. The psychedelic stuff isn’t all the way gone, (see “Side with the Seeds) it just takes a back seat to original Wilco stuff.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying this is alt-country, because there’s an element of folk-rock to this that hasn’t been reached in music recently. Even when the guitars are heavy on the overdrive (the guitar work is the strong point here along with Tweedy’s vocals), it feels like something that you’d wear hippy moccasins while listening to.
The latest Wilco album continues the trend of consistency for Wilco. They haven’t released a bad album yet and they’ve continued to grow and go into new directions their entire existence, all the while staying out of what most people consider the mainstream media. “Sky Blue Sky” is another solid release from Wilco, at this point not much else can be expected of these guys.