My Morning Jacket Double CD
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Lets deal with the three aforementioned songs first. The excellent opener "Victory Dance" actually has echoes of some of the war themes in P J Harvey's recent "Let England Shake" and is a broody powerful song that starts with a military coda and is driven by a sinister bass to an explosive conclusion. It is followed by the epic title track underpinned by a fantastic Jim James vocal namely the seven minute plus "Circuital" which will has already brought the house down at their explosive live concerts (check out all the new songs from a live concert performed at the Louisville Palace on the "Troubled Souls Unite" blog). It is classic MMJ with a slightly "Creep" like opening vibe but which builds into a huge rocking beast and would have sat very happily on "Z".Read more ›
The album opens up with 'Victory Dance' and 'Circuital', tracks that set the overall tone of the album: at times subtle and quiet, but then loud and truly spectacular. 'Wonderful (The Way I Feel)' represents the relaxed Kentucky country twang they sometimes incorporate into their music. 'Holdin' On To Black Metal' is the extrovert of the album: Jim James takes his voice to the level of pitch that even those in opera would be taken back by.
Whereas the album opens with two up-tempo songs, it closes with two slow songs: the aptly named 'Slow Slow Song' and 'Movin' Away'. The main thing that holds this album back however is that the eight songs that follow 'Victory Dance' and 'Circuital', while very impressive, rarely match the grandeur and and spectacle of the opening tracks.
However, 'Circuital' is still a great album that proves to everyone; nay-sayers and fans alike, that My Morning Jacket have not lost their edge, and they're truly back on track.
Opener `Victory Dance' is a slow brooding number that is an eerie choice for an introduction, but that leads to title track `Circuital', which I just love, it is over seven minutes but is a return to prior form after the experimental exuberance of `Evil Urges'. For the record I adore Evil Urges and think it is one of those records that will continue to surprise. Circuital is just joyous, with great rythm, driving rhythmic guitar and ends all too soon.
There are more sombre numbers such as `Slow Tune', and `Wonderful (the way I feel)', which is as it professes - just wonderful. Then there is a pure instant classic in `Holding on to Black Metal', which sounds like it could be a theme tune to a Bond Movie and that is just fine by me.
They are a force to be reckoned with live and I am looking forward to seeing them later this year. This is a real grower and the inner sleeve has a copy of the hand written lyrics, with stage directions. It is a great glimpse into the mind of Mr James, and sir I take my hat off to you (it's more of a base ball cap, but you get the idea).
I duly bought Cicuital and it does not disappoint. It's a strange and brave album, oft crossing into genres I can't quite describe but MMJ (for those of you who don't know) are a stright up rock band with electric guitars, their sound augmented by the smoothness of Jim James' voice and some intriguing keyboard sounds. The Jacket aren't afraid of a melody and that's what makes songs like Holdin' On To Black Metal, You Wanna Freak Out and the achingly beautiful Wonderful quite so perfect. And whilst those three are (for me) the undoubted prime cuts, the title track, Outta My System and First Light are also worthy tunes.
If you're looking for a reference point, MMJ are like a more cultured man's Foo Fighters (with a considerably less disgusting guitar tone) or a less growly Biffy Clyro. Buy this album!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
thank funk I fell on this gem of an album alt- country rock. with a great vocalist Jim James I`d just buy this album you`ll see what I mean...Published 18 months ago by joker1961
Love this new discovery of a band, heard of it on American Dad! A couple of epic tracks, but the rest are mediocre (same goes for Evil Urges I think). Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by Lizzy
This is not Z but it's still A1. Jim James rarely disappoints and this continues a stream of original but accessible ideas.Published on 1 Feb. 2013 by lonniej
I heard My Morning Jacket on American Dad and had to buy an album, Circuital is well worth listening to.Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by Ian
I feel that Circuital is a big step back from their last album, a return to a more conventional good time rock 'n roll. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2012 by Amazon Customer
I have kept this item for Christmas morning,i'm sure that the cd
will be excellent and i will enjoy very much.An excellent and prompt
There's some good stuff on the CD, but overall, my feeling is that a small number of musical ideas have been spread out too thinly to make an album. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2011 by Dr. F. M. Wayman
Having read a review rating this band highly decided to give it a punt and have not been disappointed. Difficult to describe but this album is a bit like a more rocky Fleet foxes. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2011 by P. Gibson
Such a great album...has become my summer 2011 album. Far too good to be overlooked, my morning jacket's best yet by a long shot!xPublished on 29 Aug. 2011 by Currie