Artist:My Morning Jacket
Background Info: Hoping to capture warmth lost in standard studios, Jim James & company recorded the album in the gymnasium of a Louisville church with Decemberists’ producer Tucker Martine and, true to the title, set up in a circle.
Who Will Love It: fans who fell in the camp of hating the either brilliant or irritating “Highly Suspicious” from the last album Evil Urges should be back on board with this spacey zen masterpiece. There’s enough ghostly country (“Outta My System”) and freaky experimentation (“Holding on to Black Metal”) to keep lovers of MMJ’s earlier albums satisfied. Their Southern rock roots even return on the screaming, double guitar-injected opener “Victory Dance.”
Key Tracks: Circuital, Holding on to Black Metal, Outta My System)