By Alex Vissia
WARM, the latest solo offering from Jeff Tweedy, is a breathing, thinking, feeling body of personal reflections and existential wonderings that listens as much as it speaks. The ten-song album of new material follows Tweedy’s acoustic retrospective release, Together at Last (2017), and Wilco’s 2016 album, Schmilco.
Produced and recorded by Tweedy at Chicago’s now-legendary studio, The Loft, WARM radiates with a familiarity that Wilco fans will notice within the first few strums of Tweedy’s Martin 0-18. With Tweedy’s unmistakable vocal sincerity at its core, WARM extends that welcome to existing fans and new listeners alike. The difference here is in a feeling of proximity. WARM is decidedly more intimate than a Wilco record, the front door wide open, “Welcome” emblazoned on the porch mat.
With the rise in anxiety, depression, loneliness and worry among the psyches of so many, WARM is exactly the kind of album that needs to be heard. “Could I find a world just right or will I always look too high?” he muses in the awareness-seeking “From Far Away.” “Sometimes we all think about dying / Don’t let it kill ya,” he prods in “Don’t Forget,” reminding us that we are not the only ones. “I know what it’s like starting over again,” he says from the shadows of “I Know What it’s Like.” Through poignant perceptions and meditations, Tweedy invites us to experience introspection without pretense, honouring the space between the notes. Hinging on a vulnerability that rewards multiple listens, WARM is the mirror and Tweedy the reflection saying, “I see you. I hear you. I’m here with you. You are not alone.”dBpm Records, Jeff Tweedy, Record Review, WARM