My Morning Jacket: Circuital
DetailsGenre: Alternative, Psychedelic rock, Rock
Pros:Sweet progression of soul-rock fusion
Cons:Hardly any gripes, except that it appears too dreamy and spacy in spots
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Circuital, the sixth album from the Kentucky-formed My Morning Jacket, finds the band continually synthesizing multiple musical styles. Frontman Jim James composes/produces a set of ten solid selections sans filler: Opener “Victory Dance” gets ‘right to business’ gradually building up, eventually ascending to full glorified fruition. The title track features a groovy four-on-the-floor thumping beat, while the plaintive simplicity of “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” is epitomized by James’s memorable, no-frills chorus (“ I feel so wonderful, wonderful/Wonderful the way I feel…”). “Outta My System” exceptionally bridges country and indie-rock while standout “You Wanna Freak Out” features a fiery distorted guitar solo and a palette of tasteful sounds. Penultimate cut “Slow Slow Tune” features electric piano giving the band even more ‘soul credibility.’ Superb all-in-all, Circuital continues the band’s ascent as one of rock’s most captivating bands.
Revised; originally published in HiFi Magazine, Issue No. 2 (p. 42)