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Although they hail from the South's art-rock breeding ground, this Louisville-bred quintet are resolute in maintaining a simplicity and directness that owes more to the previous generation of straight-ahead rockers. About the only conceit that My Morning Jacket allow themselves is a serious reverb addiction, one that makes It Still Moves sound like it was recorded in a barn (as parts of it actually were). Frontman Jim James does evoke ghosts of Neil Young past, but that has more to do with the reedy tenor that Mother Nature bestowed upon him than any tribute-band intent on his part. That stoned-soul folkiness -- the top note on the band's previous outings -- comes through most strongly on the inward-looking "Master Plan," the album's quietest, darkest number. The bare-knuckled "Run Thru" shows more swagger than James has previously evinced, its no-frills riffing reminiscent of vintage Led Zeppelin; "Dancefloors," on the other hand, finds the band ensconced in a funky cocoon of piano and horns, all the better to further the song's Stones-y groove. Like a good many of his Dixie-fried forebears, James has a propensity for beer drinking and hell raising, but as evidenced by songs like "Golden" and "Easy Morning Rebel," he's got a clue about the mornings after as well. Consider this disc fit listening at either end of the party cycle.
Performance CreditsMy Morning Jacket Primary Artist
Archie Mitchell Horn Engineer
Jim James Group Member
Johnny Quaid Group Member
Two-Tone Tommy Group Member
Danny Cash Group Member
Patrick Hallahan Group Member
Technical CreditsNiko Bolas Studio Construction
Lester Snell Horn Arrangements
Danny Kadar Engineer
Archie Mitchell Engineer
Sam Erickson Cover Art,Cover Photo
Jim James Composer,Producer,Artwork
Johnny Quaid Artwork
Danny Cash Artwork,Graphic Design
Jojo Pennebaker Cover Art,Cover Photo
Linda Park Artwork
Kathy Olliges Artwork