Evil Urges - My Morning Jacket
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  • Summary: The fifth studio album for the rock band from Kentucky was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Jim James.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Evil Urges represents the creative peak of a band that has shown glimpses of greatness in the past and will hopefully continue to evolve in the future.
  2. This is an excellent release from an already accomplished band.
  3. Evil Urges ultimately ends the same way it began--with a willingness to explore, to challenge, to poke and prod at My Morning Jacket's past work while creating something entirely new.
  4. 72
    Urges is front-loaded with the "new direction" material.... The second half of the album largely abandons techno trickery and soul balladry for the lush alt-country fans have come to expect. [Spring 2008, p.91]
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    The album engages after repeats, but initially offers volume's immediacy over intimacy.
  7. 30
    Forget Evil Urges entirely; call this one Zzz.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 3 out of 34
  1. FrankG
    Jun 30, 2008
    Takes the sound the band reached for on Z and turns that sound into some beautiful pop songs.
  2. JamesR
    Jun 14, 2008
    Jim and the boys prove that R&B, Soul, Funk and Country are all part of the mix we call Rock-n-Roll !ala Gram Parsons with his Cosmic American Music!
  3. NickD
    Jun 23, 2008
    After the first couple listens, I probably would've given it a 5 or 6. After a few more listens I would've bumped it up to a 7. Now, after listening to it probably 7-8 times it has finally settled into a solid 9. Each song is highly memorable with a variety of styles covered throughout the album. There's nothing as good as "Mahgeetah" or "One Big Holiday", but the trio of "Touch Me...Pt. 2", "Librarian", and "Sec Walkin" are all top-notch with "Highly Suspicious" being the only clunker (even if it's kinda fun in a dorky way). Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2011
    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
  5. RobbieC
    Jul 16, 2008
    Ehhh, I don't know what happened. It's not BAD. It's just not as good as it should be. The past few albums were so solid. This is spotty. Expand
  6. TomH
    Jun 11, 2008
    Doesn't concentrate on MMJ's (former) high points. Oddly enough reminds me of contemporary late 70's early 80's - which I guess if you're into is a positive, but I personally long for the MMJ I first fell in love with on the previous 4 albums. And the album leaves little mystery to want to relive later. A turn in a different direction, but in this reader's opinion, the wrong one. Expand
  7. samh
    Jun 17, 2008
    This is the far and away the worst thing I've heard in years. Aping Prince, Peaches & Herb and Christopher Cross does not make this their most comprehensive album yet, but rather their most reprehensible. I still can't wrap my head around how absolutely atrocious "Highly Suspicious" is, though it's the only track that stands out in a bleary sea of muddled soft pop. Jim James' incomparable voice has long been the most appealing aspect of this band and it's been flushed in favor of half-hearted falsetto for much of the album. Do not listen to this disc without a jug of ear bleach nearby. Expand

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