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Evil Urges

8 Jun. 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Jun. 2008
  • Release Date: 8 Jun. 2008
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Copyright: 2008 Rough Trade Records Ltd.
  • Total Length: 55:11
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001MXYKSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,744 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The_Man_The_Myth on 3 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a brave album and probably the least cohesive I own. I love maybe 7 of the tracks and dislike maybe 6. I like things eclectic, but the diversity of styles on show in Evil Urges is OTT, so much so that it feels like a compilation of songs by maybe five or six different bands of varying genres.

When it's good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it isn't exactly very bad, it's just below par.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Buddy Mason on 13 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
As a huge fan of My Morning Jacket, I was eagerly anticipating Evil Urges, having listened relentlessly to It Still Moves and Z and purchased all the earlier albums too. The reverb drenched vocals, existential lyrics, beautiful melodies balanced superbly with some heavy guitar work, have drawn comparisons with Neil Young, but despite the grand nature of their sound, a playful exuberance is never too far around the corner and its that ability not to take themselves too seriously, which has made them so listenable. I can pretty much put them on at any time of day in any mood and their music fits. That fine balance of intensity and playfulness has been tipped very firmly in the playfulness direction and that harmony they've achieved in the past, is not to be found in this latest effort from them, Evil Urges. I get the feeling that with success and perhaps a lot of sex, Jim James has decided to just have some light hearted fun, making an album that could even be a homage to Prince in its attempt at sexiness. It sounds like it was made in the space of an evening (a friday night on the piss most probably), rather than the manifestation of years of profound introspective thought. The track Highly Suspicious made me want to adopt the brace position. I hope, like the morning after a night out, they will wake up smiling, but suitably ashamed and ready to start being serious again. I hope it sells though and wish them nothing but the best. I'm seeing them live next week and I just pray they play some of the old stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Hughes on 15 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
This star rating thing is funny old business, as I write Evil Urges has an overall rating of 3.5 stars, on the strength of some very negative reviews from MMJ fans comparing Evil Urges unfavorably with their previous output. I agree the album isn't as good as either Z or It Still Moves but in the grand scheme of things it ain't no two star album, nor is it naive or unintelligent. The title track, think Curtis Mayfield via Lambchop with a bit of Prog-Rock thrown-in for good measure, is worth the price of the admission alone.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Tansey on 15 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Just so you know, My Morning Jacket's fifth studio album "Evil Urges" is perhaps one of my favourite records of all time. Well, definitely top 20, possibly even top 10. And I made this decision without ever having heard another one of their albums. Until now. I mean right now; as I type this I am listening to second album "At Dawn" for the first time.

What immediately strikes me is how similar all the songs are to each other. Not in a bad way, in that way that makes for a very cohesive and balanced album, but still that's very unlike "Evil Urges". One of the many things I love about that record is how eclectic it is; the sexy funk rock of 'Highly Suspicious', the joyous 'Thank You Too!', 'Aluminum Park's balls-out rock and 'Smokin From Shootin's sweet tenderness. To some people, I concede, this could make for an erratic and unfocused listen. Personally I loved the variety in both style and emotion this gives the album. To ears that didn't know any better, it sounded like a band who are comfortable with incorporating diverse influences into an otherwise fairly narrow framework. Listening to "At Dawn" now, it seems like "Evil Urges" is actually an anomaly in the MMJ catalogue; a band moving forward and trying new things.

This is a stunning piece of work and I can't understand how it was as overlooked as it was by the music press. It's a pretty unclassifiable record and maybe that's the problem, rock critics just didn't know what it was. Well I'll tell you what it is, it's frickin' ace! As a band, I can't really comment on MMJ an awful lot, but as an album, I really can't recommend "Evil Urges" enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MRSCRY on 23 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
How was THIS the album that turned My Morning Jacket into a band that could play Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks, and Madison Square Garden?! Even weirder was all the press they got right before this album came out, as if it was going to be a masterpiece or something. Where was all the press when they came out with GOOD music? I usually love when a band moves onto something new in their songwriting, and "Z" was an excellent example of not making the same old album all over again and bringing the listener something fresh and exciting... but the new "ideas" on this album are shallow and lousy... don't expand yourself if you can't do it, MMJ.
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Format: Audio CD
Don't be put off by the negative reviews of this album. I'm sure if you are a fan of the 'It Still Moves' sound, this Lp would have been something of a shock.
However, I recently bought it on the strength of it being placed in some of the end of year 2008 lists, and out of the ten or so Lps I've bought in the last couple of months this is the one I keep returning to.
The sheer breadth of songwriting and ambiton on show have to be admired, even the playful 'Highly Suspicious', and I would class it as one of the great rock Lps of recent times.
Personally, I can't wait to see what they do next...
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