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Circuital

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882173722
  • Catalog Number: 217372
  • Sales rank: 40,020

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
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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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