Sukierae (CD)


Tweedy

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Amoeba Review

09/22/2014

Must be pretty cool being Jeff Tweedy’s son. First his dad put him in a movie, the great Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. Now the Wilco frontman has started a band with his son, dubbed Tweedy, and their first album together is a delightful double-album chockfull of Jeff Tweedy’s twisted Americana, surreal yet heartfelt lyricism and his son Spencer’s pointed, krautrock-inspired drumwork. (To Spencer Tweedy’s tribute, he also played quite well on the Jeff Tweedy produced One True Vine, by Mavis Staples.) It’s a lot different than you might imagine—no cuddly family-time stuff, and it feels far removed from the dad rockish Sky Blue Sky, for instance. Dreamy tunes like “High as Hello” butt into songs like the Led Zep III-style acoustic rock ‘n’ roll of “World Away.” It’s impossible to get away from Wilco, as tunes like the noisy “Diamond Light Pt. 1” call to mind the underrated experimentation of A Ghost Is Born while the gentle “Wait for Love” has the feel of Wilco’s early alt-country work and “Low Key’s” Beatlesesque chorus is reminiscent of the poppy Summerteeth. But it’s great to hear Tweedy back in those environs again, as though this project has given him free rein to do what he does best. Sukierae does run a bit long and lacks some of the gravitas of the aforementioned albums, but there’s no denying it scratches a specific itch for hearing Tweedy’s songwriting unbridled by the expectations and legacy of Wilco. It’s a sweet project, with beautiful moments scattered throughout, like the touching “Nobody Dies Anymore,” heavy with the pain of dealing with the pair’s wife and mother, Susan Miller Tweedy, undergoing treatment for cancer (“Sukierae” is one of Miller’s nicknames). With Sukierae, not only have Jeff and Spencer Tweedy crafted a terrific new outlet for both musicians, it’s a loving tribute to Miller as well.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Please Don't Let Me Be So Understood
Tweedy 01:32
2.
High As Hello
Tweedy 03:56
3.
World Away
Tweedy 03:31
4.
Diamond Light, Pt. 1
Tweedy 06:12
5.
Wait For Love
Tweedy 03:07
6.
Low Key
Tweedy 03:15
7.
Pigeons
Tweedy 03:08
8.
Slow Love
Tweedy 05:32
9.
Nobody Dies Anymore
Tweedy 04:57
10.
I'll Sing It
Tweedy 04:01


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Flowering
Tweedy 02:53
2.
Desert Bell
Tweedy 03:17
3.
Summer Noon
Tweedy 03:32
4.
Honey Combed
Tweedy 02:41
5.
New Moon
Tweedy 03:39
6.
Down From Above
Tweedy 04:25
7.
Where My Love
Tweedy 03:42
8.
Fake Fur Coat
Tweedy 02:23
9.
Hazel
Tweedy 02:36
10.
I'll Never Know
Tweedy 03:10

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