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My Morning Jacket – Circuital album review

My Morning Jacket’s new release, which dropped on May 31st, is a collection of rock-ish songs, not hard by any means but definitely nothing like 2008’s Evil Urges. Sweet acoustic tracks like Wonderful are artfully arranged and speak of simple love, while the title track, Circuital takes over seven minutes to unwind its luxurious melodies and steady beat. Each song is a little different and the album lives up to it’s name, with a wide variety of tempos, instrument mixes and lyrical pictures.

Lead singer Jim James has a honeyed, silky voice that can take on the characteristics of Paul Simon, a George Harrison ( or perhaps a little McCartney), or a languid Lynyrd Skynyrd- inspired southern ballad. This album was recorded in a church gym, to give it a feeling of a live concert recording and the experiment in ambience manipulation is mostly successful.

Being their sixth full-length release, Circuital should feel like a template, a pattern of past efforts but MMJ is nothing if not ever-evolving. Their live shows are exuberant and packed with a wide range of material. Any of the tracks from this album are fine candidates for a live show and I recommend it for your playlist as well.

By H0ney

H0ney is an avid music lover based in the Puget Sound. She enjoys all genres, but especially likes the indie/alt/industrial styles.

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