Evil Urges

Evil Urges

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by My Morning Jacket
     
 

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“There’s a theme of moral confusion that runs through the whole record,” says Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket, explaining the title of the band’s new album, Evil Urges. “The world today is such a confused place. Things that people think are good values are obviously twisted, but there are other things considered evil that obviously aren’t. There isSee more details below

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“There’s a theme of moral confusion that runs through the whole record,” says Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket, explaining the title of the band’s new album, Evil Urges. “The world today is such a confused place. Things that people think are good values are obviously twisted, but there are other things considered evil that obviously aren’t. There is real evil out there, but Evil Urges is about how all of these things that you’ve been told are evil really aren’t, unless they’re actually hurting something or somebody.” It’s ambitious territory for the group’s fifth full-length studio album, and it’s matched by the most far-ranging, surprising, and satisfying sounds of their career. From the freak-funk electro-slam of “Highly Suspicious” to the contemplative “Sec Walkin’,” which could almost be a Nashville standard, on Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket display the scope and fearlessness that demonstrates their growth into one of the world’s great rock & roll bands. One key to attaining these new heights was a change of scenery. The band recorded their first three albums—the independent releases The Tennessee Fire (1999) and At Dawn (2001), and their 2003 ATO debut It Still Moves—in their home studio outside of Louisville, Kentucky. These records established the signature MMJ sound, mixing soaring harmonies with cascading, psychedelic guitars, and drenching the whole thing in head-ringing reverb. For their last studio album, 2005’s widely acclaimed Z, they headed to Allaire Studios at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. Working with producer John Leckie, they crafted a more eclectic blend of sounds, bringing James’s vocals further forward and adding reggae, soul, and pure pop into their gumbo.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Will Hermes
Evil Urges explodes the band's sound with the same kind of creative leap that Wilco took on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Radiohead took on Kid A.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882162627
catalogNumber:
21626
Rank:
15016

Tracks

  1. Evil Urges  -  My Morning Jacket
  2. Touch Me I'm Going to Scream, Pt. 1  -  My Morning Jacket
  3. Highly Suspicious  -  My Morning Jacket
  4. I'm Amazed  -  My Morning Jacket
  5. Thank You Too!  -  My Morning Jacket
  6. Sec Walkin  -  My Morning Jacket
  7. Two Halves  -  My Morning Jacket
  8. Librarian  -  My Morning Jacket
  9. Look at You  -  My Morning Jacket
  10. Aluminum Park  -  My Morning Jacket
  11. Remnants  -  My Morning Jacket
  12. Smokin from Shootin  -  My Morning Jacket
  13. Touch Me I'm Going to Scream, Pt. 2  -  My Morning Jacket
  14. Good Intentions  -  My Morning Jacket

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

My Morning Jacket   Primary Artist
Jim James   Group Member
Two-Tone Tommy   Group Member
Carl Broemel   Group Member
Bo Koster   Group Member
Patrick Hallahan   Group Member

Technical Credits

Gary Burden   Art Direction
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli   Producer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Art Smith   Drum Technician
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
My Morning Jacket   Composer
Jim James   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Felice Ecker   Publicity
Pam Nashell   Publicity
Riny VanEijk   Web Design

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