Song of the Day #2,889: ‘Impossible Germany’ – Wilco

wilco_sky_blue_skyHere’s an album I owe a second chance.

Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky was released in 2007, three years after the disappointing A Ghost is Born, and by that time I’d moved on.

2001’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was a ground-breaking masterwork following a handful of excellent releases, but Ghost stopped the band in their tracks. To be honest, I can’t say with any conviction that A Ghost is Born is a bad album. I just know it left me cold.

By the time Sky Blue Sky was released, I bought it but never gave it a fair listen. And I didn’t buy their next three albums at all, though I continue to have only positive feelings for Wilco and frontman Jeff Tweedy. I had just moved on.

Listening to today’s random SOTD, I regret that. Here’s a lovely example of the laid-back emotionalism Wilco delivers in spades. Stellar closing guitar solo, too.

Impossible Germany
Unlikely Japan
Wherever you go
Wherever you land
I’ll say what this means to me
I’ll do what I can
Impossible Germany
Unlikely Japan
Fundamental problem
All need to face
This is important
But I know you’re not listening
No I know you’re not listening
This was still new to me
I wouldn’t understand
Impossible Germany
Unlikely Japan
This is what love is for
To be out of place
Gorgeous and alone
Face to face
With no larger problems
That need to be erased
Nothing more important
Than to know someone’s listening
Now I know you’ll be listening

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,889: ‘Impossible Germany’ – Wilco

  1. Dana says:

    It’s nice that these random weekends, and I suppose the SOTD daily blog generally, allow you to rediscover or give a second chance to music and musicians lost somewhere along the way.

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