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Circuital
     

Circuital

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by My Morning Jacket
 

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On 2008's Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket pushed their music to the breaking point. What was supposed to be a musical melting pot -- with funk, Southern rock, country, and neo-psychedelia all mixed in -- wound up coalescing like a mixed plate of genuine hits ("I'm Amazed") and overcooked duds ("Highly Suspicious"). The album

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On 2008's Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket pushed their music to the breaking point. What was supposed to be a musical melting pot -- with funk, Southern rock, country, and neo-psychedelia all mixed in -- wound up coalescing like a mixed plate of genuine hits ("I'm Amazed") and overcooked duds ("Highly Suspicious"). The album marked a creative milestone for My Morning Jacket, but it also hinted at their inability to reign themselves in, to realize their limits and tailor their experiments accordingly. The guys hit the reset button on Circuital, which sounds like Evil Urges' older, (slightly) wiser brother. This isn't a conventional rock album by any means, and My Morning Jacket rarely waste an opportunity to dive down the creative rabbit hole and see what exists on the other side. '70s rock epics, trippy pop waltzes, piano ballads, Motown metal fusions, and orchestral folk songs are what they come up with, and the album rarely explores the same sound twice, bouncing between amalgamated genres with purpose and a sly grin. There's humor here, of course -- "Holdin' on the Black Metal" combines a children's choir with funky brass and fuzztone guitars, and Jim James hums the victorious horn riff in "Victory Dance" like he's doing an impression of "The Final Countdown" -- but there's no talk of "peanut butter pudding surprise," and most of the jokes hit their mark. My Morning Jacket are clearly having fun, and they're learning how to be "out there" without being outlandish.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2011
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882173722
catalogNumber:
217372
Rank:
14591

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

My Morning Jacket   Primary Artist
Jim James   Group Member
Carl Broemel   Horn,Group Member
Ben Sollee   Strings
Jeremy Kittel   Strings
Bo Koster   Group Member
Patrick Hallahan   Group Member
Chris Gregg   Horn
Leif Shires   Horn
Tom Blankenship   Group Member
Oscar W. Herstrom   Horn

Technical Credits

Gary Burden   Art Direction
Tucker Martine   Producer,Engineer
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
My Morning Jacket   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jim James   Composer,Producer
Jeremy Kittel   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jason Seber   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Alex Smith   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements

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Circuital 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only three stars because this is NOT the LP..this is the Single of Circuital not the full length album as stated. The artist gets 5 stars the description get zero because it was inaccurate.