May 28th, 2008 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
So I’ve listened to it a couple times now and I’ve decided that this is My Morning Jacket’s “pop” album. I was expecting something alot weirder after the enigmatic “Z”, but the only evil urge My Morning Jacket exhibit on the album is the urge to hug you:P That being said, yes, the album is pretty awesome. While I do wish that “Evil Urges” were weirder, the album is damn good and will have you toe tapping and singing along in no time.
It begins with the Prince-esque “Evil Urges” which ends with a bit of a jammy-bit reminiscent of the songs off “It Still Moves”.
After that “Touch ME I’m Going To Scream” seems to begin fulfilling the promise of a weirder album with it’s computerized drum beat, “Yoshima” bass lines and weird synths washing or snaking all over.
Jim James goes Princetastic again for the uncharacteristic “Highly Suspicious”, in which his sexy squelling falsetto dances all around a cartoonish chorus that repeats the words “HIIIIGHLY SUSPICIOUS! HIIIIIGHLY SUSPICIOUS OF YOU!” the song is like “WTF?” at first but after a couple listens it’s kinda fun.
“I’m Amazed” returns to the southern rock of their early albums before “Thank You Too” weirds it up again with MMJ returning to their goal of being the next Radiohead. The song is beautiful with all kinds of weird sounds floating around in the background and that signature reverb that MMJ is famous for. It’s some kind of wonderful achievement in which MMJ combine the innovation of “Z” with the soul power of “It Still Moves” and somehow write one of the most accesible songs the band has ever written. The song’s a stone-cold classic and if any girl could resist Jim James after witnessing him sing something as gorgeous as this officially HAS NO SOUL.
No, the album doesn’t let up after that. Sec’ Walkin returns to the Southern rock of th….what? No, suddenly it’s a Motown song?!!? Yeah, seems like Lynyrd Skynyrd just found themselves in a Motown studio and somehow they’re backing Smokey Robinson but then ACID FLASHBACK!!!
It’s 1956 and they’re backing Roy Orbison on “Two Halves” in which Jim James shpeils philosophical about age.
Ok, time to chill out and listen to an acoustic story about a lonely librarian. “Since we got the internet these things hardly get used” so she checks herself out in the mirror, reads books and listens to the radio. Suddenly Jim James is marching in with band and yes, he’s here to seduce you honey (bowm chika wow wow)…oh, btw, he brought the orchestra along, hope you dont mind…
“Look at You” is weird southern music and “Aluminum Park” is a big-hearted rocker that’s friends with “Two Halves”. “Remnants” is weird hard rock.
“Smokin’ From Shootin'” is another gorgeous love song that’s in the same category as “Thank You Too”. The song slowly builds up and becomes more grand and more epic underneath a brilliantly simple melody. The damn thing becomes an anthem, a fucking powerhouse testament that’s bursting with emotion and powerful statements. Damn it’s fucking gorgeous!!!
and then it ends…winding down…could this be the end…
…but it is…
TOUCH ME I’M GOING TO SCREAM PART 2!!!
It’s starts slow with the creepy organ from “Into The Woods” like the begining to the greatest horror film ever before a nice little dance beat kicks in. Yes, MMJ has conquered the South, the 50’s, Motown, the library, Prince, hard rock and now they’re coming to the dance floor of the Goth Club. Turns out that the reason everyone’s pale isn’t because they’re goths wearing makeup, MMJ actually ended up at a ghost orgy and things get freeeeaaaakeeeeyyyy. After 8 minutes the orgy slowly arrives at a stop.
The 6 second album closer “Good Intentions” (get it? Evil Urges? Good Intentions? oh, MMJ, you rascals) is just an audience screaming and somebody saying “ok cool”. Then again. It was pretty cool.
P.S. The first time I heard it I wasn’t that impressed, it’s a grower.
check out the band performing the song “Evil Urges” on SNL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87mppgDPNHA