Top critical review
on 14 March 2012
I feel that Circuital is a big step back from their last album, a return to a more conventional good time rock 'n roll. I actually loved their last LP - Evil urges, which embraced all kinds of directions, from futuristic funk to MOR Bee-Gees influences, it was quite a melting pot. However, it didn't go down to well with a lot of fans who seemed to prefer the classic rock/Americana side of things and were horrified by some of the tongue in cheek humor and stylistic experiments it contained - the band embracing their "evil urges" indeed.
It seems MMJ have either listened to the fans or decided, for their own reasons, to go back to their roots. Personally, I'm quite sad to see them return to a musically conservative template.I wish they'd stuck to their guns more. This is a "classic rock" record, that could have been recorded in 74 and there's little studio wizardry, as it was mostly recorded live. Not a bad record but one I've barely listened to since I first heard it, in marked contrast to the two preceding LP's.