My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges

June 11, 2008

Evil Urges, the latest album from Louisville, Kentucky based band My Morning Jacket, is the kind of album that some longtime fans of the band will love, while others will just hate. Nevertheless, this is the first album I’ve heard by them that I thought bordered on great. They’ve layered on some funk (by way of George Clinton and Prince in particular), soul and some Yes-style prog rock influences to their mix of country, folk and Southern rock. Listeners may not even recognize the first three tracks as even being My Morning Jacket, with their soul falsetto wailing and generally funky trappings, not until “I’m Amazed” kicks in, anyway, which treads on more familiar ground for them and also happens to be one of the best tracks. They eventually get around to kicking out the jams on tracks like “Aluminum Park” (another highlight) and “Remnants,” and wind things up with the eight minute plus “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt.2,” which almost, but doesn’t quite, morph into a disco/funk ballad. My Morning Jacket takes a lot of risks on Evil Urges, and while not all necessarily pay off, enough do to make it one of their most interesting and rewarding albums yet. Standout cuts: “Evil Urges,” “Highly Suspicious,” “I’m Amazed” and “Aluminum Park.”


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