Reviews in 200 Words

Top Ten Albums of 2011: #6 My Morning Jacket and Foster the People

In Beat Jab Best of 2011 on December 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

We continue with Micah’s and Jay’s favorite albums of 2011…

#6 Album of the Year

Jay Cullis:

My Morning Jacket: “Circuital”

“Right back in the same place,” Jim James howls near the end of the title track from 2011’s “Circuital.” And that’s about right – right back here, making great records. Records that rawk. Records that make me wish I had enormous hair and a Flying V. This is My Morning Jacket’s most cohesive album in a long time, and while it (again, for like, the fifth time in a row?) ends with two downer numbers, they can’t dull the shine. This is perhaps their best album in years. But I say that every time. And I’ll keep saying it, no doubt.

Micah Ling:

Foster the People: “Torches”

It tends to be easy (if not wise) to be weary of a band that flies to the top with such momentum; but these guys are worth the hype. They’ve been on all the late-night shows, but that’s because they can perform. They’re fun to watch. The energy here is profound. For one, their percussion is overcoming. They’re all perfect timing and do anything for an accent that changes things in a way that you might not be able to pinpoint. These guys are still learning, but that makes them attractive, too. It’s like they’re wearing a shirt that’s just slightly too big, but they’re making it look good.

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