Jim James: A New Life

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Posted February 5, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in HiDef
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Jim James shows off uplifting hymn on Fallon

It’s not normal occurrence for me to shed tears. I have feelings. I do get emotional at times. But it hardly happens when I listen to much of today’s music. Well, Jim James, you just did it.

James’s performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon of “A New Life,” a song featured on his debut solo project Regions of Light and Sound of God, was brilliant. From the lighting to the smart camera angles, from James’s angelic falsetto to the jarring Drumline beats, this radiant track bearing some of that Paul Simon fiber sneaks on you like a Sunday morning hymn. And then, like most My Morning Jacket epiphanies, it takes you some place you’ve never been. James is a smart musician; he knows his voice and what it sounds great on. He turns up the ante when this performance enters into its last phase. As if he’s running into the finishing line, the My Morning Jacket frontman – with his Jesus-like hair – slides back and forth across the stage in sheer glee as the Bruce Springsteen-esque strings lift the song high above the clouds.

We’ve already gotten word from ?uestlove, the Roots’ drummer and Jimmy Fallon’s musical director, that this was the “most beautiful song I ever played on Late Night.”

By the time this event was over, I was wiping my face from uncontrollable tears.
An explainable phenomenon.
Thank you Jim James.

 

[WATCH]
JIM JAMES PERFORM “A NEW LIFE” ON JIMMY FALLON

 

Regions of Light and Sound of God is now available on Amazon, iTunes and most stores.

And yes, dude is on tour. And we’re getting word that most of the dates are sold out.


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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