Jeff Tweedy continues to combine indie awkwardness with country grace

As the lead singer of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has been lauded for his ability to combine indie awkwardness with country grace in literate, evocative songwriting.

That skill comes to the fore on this Bob Dylan-like solo work, which uses a straightforward acoustic country/folk rock sound to ruminate on death (Don’t Forget), feeling lost (I Know What It’s Like) and just being alive in general (The Red Brick), while maintaining a kind of stoic Midwestern cheerfulness throughout.

The music is familiar and the subjects well worn, but this album has a consoling quality and, suitably, a sense of warmth that makes it ideal for the long winter nights. (dBpm)

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