My Morning Jacket’s first three albums (1999’s Tennessee Fire, 2001’s At Dawn and 2003’s It Still Moves) were epic affairs, the combination of singer Jim James’s echo-drenched falsetto and fuzz-rock riffs the size of mountains suggesting these longhairs from Kentucky had everything needed to ascend to the stadium league.
My Morning Jacket:
Genre-defying sixth album from Kentuckian rockers.
If the loss of original members Johnny Quaid and Danny Cash prior to the recording of 2004’s experimental Z effectively halted their bandwagon, Circuital – recorded entirely on tape – finally sees them back on the right road.
The Day Is Coming and You Wanna Freak Out are intoxicating blasts of prairie pop, while Holdin’ On To Black Metal is a sinuous groove that is equal parts Santana, The Stones and The Fifth Dimension.
While melancholy closer Movin’ Away suggests a return to the sky-scraping riffs their fans crave may never happen, James’s experimental instincts are to be applauded.