My Morning Jacket are a five-piece rock group from Louisville, Kentucky--a town that, to judge by It Still Moves
, has been somehow prevented from hearing any musical innovation or development that has occurred since about 1974. It Still Moves
is constructed exclusively from influences dating from before any of the band were born: the harmonies of Crosby, Stills & Nash
, the chugging guitar of Neil Young
, the swagger of Lynyrd Skynyrd
, the brass of prime Stax soul. Even the production refuses to have anything to do with modern methods, laden with reverb and sounding like it was recorded in a barn (given My Morning Jacket's rural background, this probably is not impossible).
For all that, It Still Moves sounds like something more than a faithfully observed period piece. Perhaps because the band are all too young to have heard their favourite records in their original context, they approach them with a naive freshness that makes these ancient sounds feel like living things. Like the Kings of Leon, and to a slightly lesser extent the White Stripes, My Morning Jacket are young people making old music. When it works--the fabulously self-pitying "Dancefloors", which builds to a giddy climax of horns is a particular highlight--that's more than enough. --Andrew Mueller