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PREVIEW: MY MORNING JACKET’S EVIL URGES

April 24, 2008

My Morning Jacket’s next album, Evil Urges comes out on June 10th. The album can be heard in its entirety now if one is internet savvy enough. If you don’t want to step over any funny legal lines, though, check out the title track for free, courtesy of MMJ.

The album is at first surprising, seemingly taking the band’s more psychedelic, spacy (experimental, if you will) aesthetic found on Z to new heights. The first and titular track sets a tone of unpredictability, evoking Prince-like 80’s electro-soul, creating ominous keyboard atmospheres, and injecting an interlude of some good ol’ home cookin’ that It Still Moves fans will be ecstatic to hear (once again, MMJ is letting you hear this one for free). Through the next two tracks the album follows in a similarly, strangely impressive vain. Track 3, “Highly Suspicious,” is hands down the weirdest thing MMJ has ever done, and will be a polarizing song. But what we get for the rest of the album is nothing short of great rock and roll: soulful ballads and engaging rockers occasionally dressed up with funky keyboard arrangements and strings. MMJ can’t get away from being great, no matter how many urges they indulge. One may say that Evil Urges synthesizes the best elements of both Z and It Still Moves quite effectively. Definitely keep your eyes and ears open for this one.

Highlight tracks: “Evil Urges,” “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream,” “I’m Amazed,” “”Thank You Too,” “Two Halves,” “Smokin’ From Shootin'”….. everything but the questionable “Highly Suspicious” and the 6 second finale “Good Intentions”

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