Evil Urges

Evil Urges

by My Morning Jacket
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Evil Urges

“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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Ato Records
UPC: 0880882162627
catalogNumber: 21626
Rank: 3316

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
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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Evil Urges 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Melisan More than 1 year ago
great music- great variety- love to listen to this- from dancing music to quieter listening. This is the first disc we've listened to from My Morning Jacket, and we will be buying more- several of our friends who heard it here went out to get it
RoseSelavy08 More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I only hear about this band 6 months ago. They are incredible. I can't stop listening to the CD. Nothing else coming out today sounds like this band. My standards are really high and I rarely write good reviews but My Morning Jacket blows me away. 70's funk meets Grateful Dead but the bottom line is that this CD is packed with some great songs. You might be confused at first due to the variety of songwriting but you won't be disappointed
Antelope_Island More than 1 year ago
Evil Urges is such a downgrade from My Morning Jacket's older stuff. This album is no genre-bending transformation, its pretty much drivel. There is just no excuse for this album to follow such great work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evil Urges has taken over my cd player. After many wary listens, the diverse sounds that make a complete musical experience made more and more listens necessary. The band really melds into each other making a tighter, fuller sound. No this isn't the MMJ of the past and it shouldn't be. It is the band now and they still are THE band.
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