Jeff Tweedy’s New Album “WARM” is Getting Us Through this Cold Winter
By Sarah Kamal
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy released his solo album entitled “WARM” last week to kick off the long winter to come. Tweedy hails from Belleville, IL and he later moved to Chicago. He is is a father to two Northside alumni: Sam (class of 2014) and Spencer (class of 2018) Tweedy. He has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years, affiliating himself with numerous bands until 1994 when he became the leader of the Grammy-winning Chicago-formed band called Wilco. Although he is still involved with his group, Tweedy wanted to release a composition of his own songs as a solo act.
“WARM,” which is available on Spotify and other streaming services, is composed of 11 tracks. The album as a whole displays a vulnerable side of Tweedy that is not seen in his older works. Many of the songs, like the opening track “Bombs Above,” are slow and melodic, causing listeners to hang onto every word and truly understand the message within. He sings, “I’m taking a moment to apologize, I should have done more to stop the war, / So I’m sorry.” Tweedy uses his immense talent to convey his emotions in a way that is not only enjoyable for listeners, but also establishes a connection between listener and artist.
His title track “Warm (When The Sun Has Died)” gives off the exact feeling of bittersweet warmth. The echoing guitar and slow tempo make it easy for one to visualize themself in an empty field on a sunny day. His song only consists of one verse and a twice-repeated chorus which keeps his message short and sweet. The track directly after that titled “How Will I Find You?” is six minutes long which varies from the previous two minute long song. His ability to balance lengthy tracks with shorter ones is what makes the album so interesting. Tweedy manages to provide a similar feeling of warmth throughout the entirety of his album while experimenting and providing different perspectives.
WARM’s somber and haunting feel provides listeners with a strange sense of nostalgia and comfort, and does not try to be anything that it is not. The album exists purely to express Tweedy’s emotions, not to seek radio time or amass popularity. It is a very real and raw album that provides a look inside the mind and heart of one man who is just living his life the best way he knows how to -through music.