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  • Summary: The fifth studio album for the rock band from Kentucky was produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Jim James.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. The cumulative result is an exhilarating, bone-deep experience--a true album, built for sustained listening.
  2. This is an excellent release from an already accomplished band.
  3. The My Morning Jacket frontman cackles, croons, wails, wallops and stomps through the band's fifth and latest great album.
  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. 60
    The album engages after repeats, but initially offers volume's immediacy over intimacy.
  6. Scattered and uneven, but not without its charms.
  7. 30
    Forget Evil Urges entirely; call this one Zzz.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Jul 3, 2015
    10
    The album that got me into My Morning Jacket. While some have criticized the sound of Evil Urges as being too diverse and lacking in focus, IThe album that got me into My Morning Jacket. While some have criticized the sound of Evil Urges as being too diverse and lacking in focus, I find it actually does a perfect job of capturing the magic of MMJ: namely, the band's ability to shape-shift on the fly, offering disparate sounds that are nonetheless compelling and always anchored by Jim James' incomparable voice. Expand
  2. AhmadH
    Jun 14, 2008
    10
    Confusing at first; the funk, the distancing from what they did in Z, and a little bit of a return to "It Still Moves" and "At Dawn." Confusing at first; the funk, the distancing from what they did in Z, and a little bit of a return to "It Still Moves" and "At Dawn." It's a grower though, and once it grabs you you'll realize the brilliance. You have to appreciate a band that can take giant leaps like this and be successful with it. Re-affirms why I'm a fan of this band. Expand
  3. Carla
    Jul 7, 2008
    9
    If you had any interest in the band before now, hopefully you can appreciate how they are trying to expand their sound. It's not as If you had any interest in the band before now, hopefully you can appreciate how they are trying to expand their sound. It's not as consistent as their other records but if you give it a third, fourth, fifth listen; you'll find more than enough to keep your ears occupied for a long time. I admit that it took the Bonnaroo 08 show for me to finally like "Highly Suspicious." Now, it's one of my favorites!! Expand
  4. 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 wasAs 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
    6
    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 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. 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 toA 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). Collapse
  7. samh
    Jun 17, 2008
    1
    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 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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