- Vinyl (8 Sept. 2003)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B0000C0XRD
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
It Still Moves [VINYL]
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Be it rock and roll or 'twangcore', My Morning Jacket are not simply fetishising musical moods that probably pre-date the band members' birth, for in Jim James they have a songwriter with exceptional gifts. The likes of 'Golden', 'Just One Thing' and 'Steam Engine' could grace an classic American rock record, and deserve to be granted the same status. Shades of country, folk, rock - and on 'Mahgeeta', Brian Wilson's wide-eyed psychedelic pop - all bubble up in It Still Moves' sonic stew. The humid Kentucky air is almost palpable in the reverb-thick ambience on the record, untampered by post-production trickery in the way that marks their subsequent album 'Z' as a departure. The recording quality hampers the record at the times ('Dancefloor') the band try to embrace Stax soul where the honking brass sounds wrong in less polished recording conditions. On a couple of tracks like this it's as if we're listening to a concert as opposed to a studio album, and in a way we are.Read more ›
My morning jacket have made an album to which at least half of could be danced to. It rock basically, its bar room country rock and roll at times, but the vocals, reverb and space firmly stamp 'MMJ' all over it. Jim james has created an all rounder, which this time seems more consistant, varied and even has a wonderful horn section.
The sad slow songs are less frequent but still there, and are what jim james sounds like he is on this planet for.
The influences are pretty clear cut and the resultant joyous sound is what you may have got if The Stones had struck up with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the JB horn section and this is after just one listen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A consistently good album. If you've only recently cottoned onto Jim James and the band, then this is for you. You won't be able to resist Mahgeetah.Published on 10 Aug. 2013 by Admiral Bob
Dusted this album off recently,and rediscovered what a gem it is.I remember it took me a while to appreciate it at first,but i soon realized it was tons better than the more... Read morePublished on 18 April 2012 by monkienuts
I cannot beleieve people are saying this sounds even REMOTELY like Neil young or especially Lynyrd Skynyrd. Read morePublished on 29 May 2009 by LeopardPrince
Only recently discovered MMJ after seeing them at Hop Farm Festival.I was amazed how cool they were with that alternative country vibe coupled with great vocals. Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2008 by Simon Loxham
MMJ are in my opinion one of the greatest bands operating in the world today. This is there finest work to date. The sound alone is amazing. Read morePublished on 10 April 2008 by kingrizla2000
I bought this album on the back of hearing 'Golden' and a lot of very good reviews and judging by the bands/genres they were being compared to, I was expecting a classic. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2006 by M. Kilpatrick