Reviews in 200 Words

Circuital by My Morning Jacket

In Album on June 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm

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American rock is still alive–changing, yes–but alive and well. These guys are doing their own thing and other projects, one of them goes by Two-Tone Tommy. They’re in love with music. That’ll lead to good things. Good things that you want to dance around to. Circuital is full of echo and grandeur. They’re warehouse-worthy: booming sound. This band has covered George Harrison, Elton John, Kool and the Gang, James Brown, and Elvis, among others–that takes guts, which they have. Their version of “Suspicious Minds” might make you cry. “Haunting” is so overused, but the pedal steel guitar and the keyboard, matched with Jim James’s voice, can bring goose bumps–watch out for the title song, for instance. But they’ll also jam out in that way that makes this band so versatile. That’s what makes this album such an experience–and probably why they’re able to cover the best of the best. My Morning Jacket has always matched the very dramatic with the lighter side of things. But this album especially, just seems like a complete package–you want to see and hear these performed–you can tell that these songs would take over, and really creep into the skin. 

-Micah Ling


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