Wednesday, November 05, 2003

My Morning Jacket

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From neumu's editor Michael Goldberg:

"My Morning Jacket's sound is good ol'-fashioned '70s-style rock that somehow mixes the spastic and stylistic musical approach of the Flaming Lips to a 1970's Neil Young (think After the Gold Rush) aesthetic. With his voice drenched in reverb, James croons lyrics of love, lust and wide-open spaces in a way that only James (with his falsetto) can produce. "

From marusin.com - archives:

"When you hear My Morning Jacket, you instantly hear Neil Young in Jim James' voice. You hear a sound that could be something like the Flaming Lips meets Lynyrd Skynyrd (I think I read this comparison before and it's so true). Every song on 'It Still Moves' paints a thick sound landscape that you would normally associate with a band like the Flaming Lips, but it's all organically generated. This is the sound that comes from old tweed-colored amplifiers and big old wooden organs who've had their share of beer spilled on them.

I guess you could say that 'It Still Moves' can be classified as southern/country-tinged rock. To me, it's the kind of music that would pair well with a cold beer and a shot. Remember this is Kentucky we're talking about: It's 'Bourbon', not 'Whiskey'. "

From Americana UK Reviews : of "My Morning Jacket 'At Dawn' (Wichita Records 2003):

"... the purpose of this review is merely to affirm that it is every bit as good as they say it is. 'At Dawn' is a stone cold classic, which everyone who has ever loved The Flaming Lips, Neil Young or Grandaddy should rush out and buy straight away. From Louisville, Kentucky (Sid Griffin's hometown, oddly enough), MMJ make simple, beautiful music which makes you contemplate the glories of life and this small, polluted planet that we live on. To use the Neil Young analogy, it takes the styles of 'Harvest' and 'On the Beach' and mashes them up with 'The Soft Bulletin' and 'The Sophtware Slump'; some of the songs are half formed and barely strummed, but provide an spectacular aural amphitheatre for Jim James' haunting but sanguine vocal presence. Much of it appears melancholic on first listen, yet there's a latent, almost miss-able, streak of joy and wonder running through the entire production, which has the potential to comfort and provide emotional sustenance, whilst the music, ostensibly a variety of alt-country, transcends that genre and several others.


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