My Morning Jacket
From page 81 of Classic Rock Magazine December 2003
‘It Still Moves’ (RCA) My Morning Jacket, from Louisville, Kentucky, have an expansive, Technicolor sound that crackles with youthful vim.
They also like to drench their songs in a cavernous reverb that makes frontman Jim James sound like a particularly musical potholer.
This is the band’s third album, and their first for RCA. The shift to a major label and the addition of keyboardist Danny Cash seem part and parcel of a growing confidence, the group’s otherworldly-sounding songs recalling Neil Young, Big Star, and even early Orange Juice (opener ‘Mahgeetah’).
Broadly speaking, it’s an Americana thing, but with coy nods to dub reggae and Stax-like R&B (the crescendo of ‘Dancefloors’) My Morning Jacket like to keep the listener guessing. What is unmistakable, however, is the band’s ability to tap into a majestic wistfulness, which on this record is at it most intoxicating on the slow-burning stand- out ‘I Will Sing You Songs.’ Apparently the band rehearse on a rural farm. Listening to the bountiful harvest on this album, that makes perfect sense. Ambitious as Mercury Rev’s ‘Deserter Songs’, ‘It Still Moves’ is a soul-searching, star-gazing gem.