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Old 09-10-2003, 04:43 PM   #16
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AMG review...

It's a beautiful thing to know that Brian Wilson is still alive and well in the kingdom of indie rock. My Morning Jacket's third full-length effort, and first for the ATO/RCA venture label, is a step beyond the band's work for Darla. While the gorgeous amalgam of the Band's vision of country/Americana and Neil Young's blend of folk and rock are everywhere present, there is a new textural awareness evident on It Still Moves. Jim James' songwriting is tighter in structure, but his production sensibility is early-'70s Laurel Canyon, with some of the Grateful Dead's American Beauty tropes as well. Sounds like a mess, doesn't it? Well, it's not. Wearing your influences on your sleeve doesn't mean unoriginality. James is an original songwriter; he has worked hard to develop the gifts inherent in his lyric concerns and his ability to paint emotional landscapes with his melodies, and the payoff has never been greater. "Mahgeetah," with its Pet Sounds ambience and country-rock melody complete with fuzzed-out guitar solo is far more imaginative than anything Wilco ever pulled off by trying the same thing (which they do over and over ad nauseum). "Dancefloors," with its biting Telecaster lead line that echoes "Baby Don't Do It" and the Stray Gators' country majesty, is full of warmth, depth, and Levon Helm's soul. And "Golden," which is the third track in this opening triad, brings James' love of Tim Buckley and Fred Neil into the light. But all of these elements of construction are read through James' Kentucky and his unique melodic gift, where fragments becomes entire lines become songs with stunning bridges, achingly poetic lyrics, and a country boy's sense of whacked-out humor and tenderness (check out "One Big Holiday"). The horn arrangements on "Easy Morning Rebel" make the country shuffle into a near R&B tune with an old-timey stroll through a shambolic rhythm track. In all, My Morning Jacket may be a journey through the past, but it's also a solid step into something rock & roll has been missing for an awfully long time in the mainstream arena: melody, extremely catchy and well-written songs that aren't afraid of the mainstream, and a love of the great pop continuum that translates into something new. Thom Jurek
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I picked it up based on Meggie's including it on the ICDE mixes and the music geeks at my local mom-n-pop saying it was good. And it was only $9 here, too!
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you know what i have never heard of MMJ before.
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time for a trip to the store iris
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They're also releasing a DVD.
Me want.

Finally, a reason to buy another DVD.
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They were on Conan last night. I admit to having never listened to this band before (I thought they were another alt. country band, which is usually isnt my favorite genre), but they were awesome last night.

I'm impressed.
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Old 09-21-2003, 03:15 PM   #22
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bought this album the other day...i like it
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mofo if they ever come to SLC check it out. I missed their show here on Friday night.
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I saw them earlier this year, great show, great album, the first 5 tracks are all excellent imo.......
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popmatters review

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random info - MMJ is on Dave Matthews Label. As is David Gray
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random info - MMJ is on Dave Matthews Label. As is David Gray
yep, that guy is freakin rich....
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My officemate (who happens to be 58 years old) brought this to me yesterday and asked me if I'd heard of them. She bought it after hearing them on NPR and said, "This sounds like the music of my generation!" I listened to it last night and loved it on the first listen.
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MMJ are fabulous....
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