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  • Summary: This is the first new studio release in six years for the rock band led by Jim James (who also produced the album).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    There are enough twists to keep even longtime fans on their toes. It’s what makes them so consistently intriguing and will hopefully keep the members inspired, and inspirational, for the foreseeable future.
  2. Oct 21, 2021
    80
    My Morning Jacket, for the most part, succeeds as the album fuses My Morning Jacket’s more polished moments with their fuzzy jam band origins into a successful brew.
  3. 80
    My Morning Jacket – their first album in six years - finds a supremely engaging, often blissfully beautiful halfway point between the glossy eccentricities of more recent MMJ albums and those old slow-burn yet highly combustible 'jam band' dynamics.
  4. Oct 22, 2021
    80
    My Morning Jacket is MMJ's most satisfying work since 2008's Evil Urges, and a splendid example of what can happen when their group mind is in sync.
  5. Oct 21, 2021
    74
    There something like It Still Moves or Circuital soars to untouchable heights, the band’s latest falls flat at a noticeable rate in terms of delivery. ... Their new album is representative of their live show in the best way: It can shift from a rootsy rock number to a hyped-up free-for-all at the drop of a hat, sometimes even within the same song.
  6. Oct 25, 2021
    70
    While there isn’t a ton here that forwards their narrative, the sense of being in a studio blasting away right as shows and festivals begin to open again is palpable.
  7. Oct 27, 2021
    50
    My Morning Jacket is their least adventurous album yet. When they riff, they’re squarely within a July 4th classic rock block; when they vamp, it’s the fog-lit, psychedelic soul that’s invigorated their most recent work. In either form, they occasionally hint at their soaring, festival-ready populism, heady instrumental exploration, or fluency with the American songbook, but never the fusion that once came so organically.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Oct 22, 2021
    9
    The first two songs are unimpressive red herrings (so of course they were the first two advance singles, smh), but from "In Color" on, thisThe first two songs are unimpressive red herrings (so of course they were the first two advance singles, smh), but from "In Color" on, this thing is incredible. Light years better than you'd expect from a band 20+ years in. Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2021
    9
    Truly a great album that should hold up as one of the classics in their catalogue. The songs are all varied with Jim James' vocals seeminglyTruly a great album that should hold up as one of the classics in their catalogue. The songs are all varied with Jim James' vocals seemingly taking on a different style on each song, and the music is looser, almost replicating the epic nature of their live shows. There aren't many bands who could make this kind of music 9 albums in. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2021
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Except for the first two songs on the album (Regularly Scheduled Programming and Love Love Love), My Morning Jacket proves once again to be a band with enough breath to deliver successful musical gambles. The arrangements of "In Color" remind the listener why My Morning Jacket receives such strong epithets about the riffs the band has produced over the past twenty years. Jim James' holistic worldview, coupled with Carl Broemel's minimalist creativity provide an almost complete musical experience. My Morning Jacket’s politicized message, backed by positive affections, may displease some and others, but it is impossible to dissociate the depth the band delivers with the metaphysical veneer that is present in "Least Expected", "The Devil's In The Details", "I Never Could Get Enough". The mantra that My Morning Jacket insists on repeating pairs perfectly with the progressive rock that they alternate at various times. The second part of "Lucky to be Alive" is perhaps the greatest proof of this. On some listens, it feels like James and Broemel are improvising all the time, but there is a thread running between the arpeggios. There is a clear message and an invitation for political engagement through affect.
    Above all, the album is an invitation for newcomers to delve into My Morning Jacket 's entire discography, and for established listeners, a toast to the ears.
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  4. Oct 26, 2021
    8
    MMJ's self-titled album is as true to the ensemble's live sound as most of their other albums. A really good, glossy, flashy,MMJ's self-titled album is as true to the ensemble's live sound as most of their other albums. A really good, glossy, flashy, psychedelic-esque guitar rock album breathes in this record. Layered with a distorted, amp-filtered effect, Jim James' voice is given room to echo and ring along with the rest of these incredibly syncopated and talented musicians. Sonically, the album is spacey. Every track creates its own space and plays out in different paths that reflect a colorful atmosphere as vibrant as the album's cover. If you are fan of MMJ's music, you know they like to create unique atmospheres with their songs, and this record is no different. While they don't do anything to reinvent themselves or push the boundaries of their catalogue, they stick to what they know their fans like and make some solid, fun tunes. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2021
    8
    Another fantastic record by MMJ! “In Color”, Never in The Real World, “Out of Range Pt. 2, “Penny for Your Thoughts” and “I Could Never GetAnother fantastic record by MMJ! “In Color”, Never in The Real World, “Out of Range Pt. 2, “Penny for Your Thoughts” and “I Could Never Get Enough” stack up with some of the best songs in Jacket’s catalog. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2021
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Este álbum se siente tan básico genérico y repetitivo es como si volvieras a escuchar lo mismo una y otra vez aburrido Expand