20 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jeff Tweedy’s 18-year-old son Spencer is not only an old-soul drummer but someone who seems to click right into place with his dad’s musical sensibilities. Sukierae is a remarkably strong project, from the thump and grind of “Please Don’t Let Me Be So Misunderstood” to the closing acoustic musing of “I’ll Never Know.” Dad’s songwriting shines brightly, especially on the somber tunes like “Where My Love,” one of several written in a worrisome period when Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother, Susie (nickname Sukierae), was diagnosed with a rare cancer. (Her prognosis took a positive turn.) The fear in Jeff's voice is palpable, but other tracks like the sunny “Low Key” (featuring Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig) and the hippie folk–flavored “Flowering” leaven the collection considerably. Spencer’s skill shines on tracks like “Diamond Light Pt. 1” and “I’ll Sing It,” his shuddering toms and agile snares as necessary as his father’s presence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jeff Tweedy’s 18-year-old son Spencer is not only an old-soul drummer but someone who seems to click right into place with his dad’s musical sensibilities. Sukierae is a remarkably strong project, from the thump and grind of “Please Don’t Let Me Be So Misunderstood” to the closing acoustic musing of “I’ll Never Know.” Dad’s songwriting shines brightly, especially on the somber tunes like “Where My Love,” one of several written in a worrisome period when Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother, Susie (nickname Sukierae), was diagnosed with a rare cancer. (Her prognosis took a positive turn.) The fear in Jeff's voice is palpable, but other tracks like the sunny “Low Key” (featuring Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig) and the hippie folk–flavored “Flowering” leaven the collection considerably. Spencer’s skill shines on tracks like “Diamond Light Pt. 1” and “I’ll Sing It,” his shuddering toms and agile snares as necessary as his father’s presence.

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