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TWEEDY

Sukierae ★★★★

dBPM Records

Jeff Tweedy’s so­journ from Wilco was os­ten­si­bly to be with his fam­ily at a fate­ful time – his wife, after whom Sukierae is ti­tled, was be­ing treated for can­cer. Hap­pily, she is re­port­edly mak­ing a good re­cov­ery, but the cri­sis prompted this re­mark­able al­bum by her hus­band and their 18-year-old drum­mer son, Spencer. If any­thing, th­ese 20 tracks are more in­tense and per­sonal than Tweedy’s feted work with Wilco. There are dark clouds aplenty, mainly ex­pressed in moody, spec­tral beauty such as No­body Dies Any­more, High as Hello and the gos­samer waltz, Wait for Love. Tweedy’s gift for time­less melodies with a twist has never been more ev­i­dent. In Wilco’s left-field ad­ven­tures, his songs are the plat­form. Here they are ev­ery­thing. wilcoworld.net

JOE BREEN

Down­load: Wait for Love; No­body Dies Any­more

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