Evil Urges - My Morning Jacket
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 65
  2. Negative: 6 out of 65

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  1. Mar 10, 2011
    8
    As the band's follow-up to the mega-hit "Z," "Urges" has some pretty big shoes to fill. When I first played this album years ago, I was aghast. I thought it was a complete failure on every level. I don't think I even made it through the whole thing. Now, years later, this album has grown on me a great deal. Lyrically, this album is full of deep and varied meaning. I find myself uncovering some kind of new meaning each time. Everything that makes MMJ great is still right here. The epic guitar riffs, the funky bass lines, the solid beats. You just have to wait for them. This is an album that really built up my patience for music in general. An album that you "get" instantly will come to bore you just as quickly. Albums like this will grow on you, and continue to reveal themselves to you each time. Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2011
    8
    Evil Urges takes on a different sound from My Morning Jacket. "Highly Suspicious" is like a funk rock track that really shows that My Morning Jacket is looking to sound different. Z is one of my favorite albums. Evil Urges might not be Z, but there are some great tracks on here. Jim's voice sounds really mature and it just sounds a lot better. Arena rock fits well these Kentucky rockers. All In All, Evil Urges starts off great with "Evil Urges" as its opening track and "Highly Suspicious", "Thank You Too!", and "Sec Walkin", in the middle of the album, and a great end track with "Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2". A great album. B+ Expand
  3. j30
    Dec 7, 2011
    5
    A very strange, uneven album from the boys down South (Louisville, Kentucky). When it works, it's some of the best stuff they've written up to this point. The album doesn't work when they try too hard to incorporate too many different genres (some of them sounding like garbage).
  4. Apr 26, 2012
    8
    This album is one of my favorite by them i dont get why everyone hates it come on smoking from shooting touch me im going to scream part 1 and 2 evil urges !? those songs and alot of the other ones are really good on this album
  5. Jul 10, 2013
    9
    Probably the band's best album to date. Every song is unique and has an awesome mellow vibe to it. Songs like "Touch me I'm going to scream" parts 1 and 2 just show how excellent this album is. Others like "Highly Suspicious" show My Morning Jacket at its most creative. All around great album.
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Where the separate parts of the first half didn't gel – the chopping and changing of different styles too much to take in, perhaps, in too short a period--the second part is much easier to handle, and whilst the strong finish isn't enough to stop it falling short of "Z," Evil Urges does find its own place given time.
  2. The cumulative result is an exhilarating, bone-deep experience--a true album, built for sustained listening.
  3. Evil Urges explodes the band's sound with the same kind of creative leap that Wilco took on "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" and Radiohead took on "Kid A."