My Morning Jacket
Circuital


4.0
excellent

Review

by Griff Fuller Jr. USER (11 Reviews)
June 21st, 2011 | 19 replies | 3,731 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Getting back to the eccentric basics that made them relevant in the first place.

0 of 1 thought this review was well written

Evil Urges didn’t win over all My Morning Jacket fans, but Circuital might have won some of them back. My Morning Jacket is indie’s southern red-headed step-child. It stays true to its rural down-south roots and influences, yet dives into experimental neo-psychedelia when it sees fit to. The band has always carried a humbleness and bohemianism that is a notable contrast to fellow indie Southern rockers, King of Leon. The band’s simplicity and ambition can all be heard in its music. It doesn’t try too hard to be abstract or experimental, yet is interested in presenting fans with variety in sounds.

The album kicks off with “Victory Dance,” which rides a mid-tempo groove and explodes into a thunderous climax as it concludes. The seven-minute title-track flies right by despite its length, building and growing as the song progresses, and quieting down again as it ends.

“Wonderful (The Way I Feel)” and “Outta My System” are the most pop-friendly songs, but catchy nevertheless. Whether fans will embrace the two tracks depends more on if they are in love with the idea of creating alternative music or the strength of the actual music itself. “Wonderful” evolves into a breezy alt-country song, while “Outta My System” is standard folk-rock which takes a retrospective look at foolishness in youth.

“The Day is Coming,” a three-minute mid-tempo jam, is My Morning Jacket’s token R&B song, partially sounding like a product of The Bee Gees and Credence Clearwater Revival. The most experimental song appearing on the album is the funk-inspired leading single “Holding on to Black Metal.” The addition of horns and backing female vocals fleshes the song out and gives it a full robust sound. “You Wanna Freak Out,” like many other My Morning Jacket songs, is playful and jovial, yet compelling, coming off as an alternative rock nursery rhyme for adults.

The album closes with the piano-driven alt-country ballad, “Movin Away.” Circuital isn’t revolutionary or ground-breaking, but it takes the best attributes of My Morning Jacket and utilize them to create an impressive decent effort. It flows easier than Evil Urges and contains elements of the playfulness and psychedelic jam-rock heard on Z. Overall, Circuital holds its own weight as a quality album.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011



30882 Comments


Thanks for posting 3 reviews right after each other. I'm sure the 3 separate individuals who just lost front page space to you will be real happy

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Acanthus
June 21st 2011



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"My Morning Jacket is indie’s southern red-head step-child."

I think "read-headed" reads better here, otherwise this reads like a disguised track-by-track which is too bad; you had a good introduction and could have lead into something far better than this.

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FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2011



9033 Comments


This review just isn't worth Vanderb0b's review disappearing.

Jethro42
June 21st 2011



12377 Comments


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YetAnotherBrick
June 21st 2011



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I think it would sound better if you changed all the times you refer to the band as "it" in the first paragraph, to "they."

rebel86
June 21st 2011



132 Comments


Well excuse me for having insomnia at 3 something in the morning and wanting to publish my articles- i didn't realize folks were that horny for technicalities around here

rebel86
June 21st 2011



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Actually, as i learned from being a student journalist- a band is suppose to be referred to as "IT" because a band is a singular entity. A band is singular, the members that comprise the band would be plural- but since I am referring to the band singularly, it would be a subject-verb disagreement to refer to the band as "they."

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 21st 2011



30882 Comments


Actually that's an American thing that recognizes a band as a singular entity; everywhere else they're categorized as a group

Well excuse me for having insomnia at 3 something in the morning and wanting to publish my articles- i didn't realize folks were that horny for technicalities around here


It's nothing to do with technicalities, it's common sense and respect

Acanthus
June 21st 2011



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I've actually never heard of a band being called "it" before either, though mass changes in terms/definitions can happen quickly (and I'm from a smaller area).

rebel86
June 21st 2011



132 Comments


"No it's not an American thing. I've never heard anyone nor have I referred to a band as "it." This guy's just a moron with a stick up his ass."

No, it's called proper grammar. If one is uneducated and doesn't know how to speak or write in his language properly, then I can understand him thinking that an obvious subject-verb disagreement is correct.

I was an English major in college, but Jesus, you can tell the difference between something that is plural and singular can't you?



Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2011



30882 Comments


No, it comes down to the fact that the name (My Morning Jacket) is used to identify more than one person so it takes the plural form.

rebel86
June 23rd 2011



132 Comments


A band is singular. What part of that do you not understand? If you're in college go find the nearest English professor and ask him or her to confirm this. When i was first told that I was wrong when I was 18, I was so stubborn and said the same thing you guys are saying- because I was stuck in my ways. I was wrong and grammatically incorrect.

pedroia55
June 25th 2011



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Love this album.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2011



30882 Comments


A band is singular. What part of that do you not understand? If you're in college go find the nearest English professor and ask him or her to confirm this. When i was first told that I was wrong when I was 18, I was so stubborn and said the same thing you guys are saying- because I was stuck in my ways. I was wrong and grammatically incorrect.


Well again, like I've heard/read it's different depending on what part of the world you're in. But seeing as how a band name is used to identify more than one person (unless you know it's Meatloaf or someone like that) it takes the plural

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2011



30882 Comments


http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_a_music_band_singular_or_plural_do_we_say_the_band_is_or_the_band_are

pedroia55
June 26th 2011



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How reliable is wiki answers?

Acanthus
June 26th 2011



9537 Comments


Was waiting for that actually, though I believe Deviant to be correct in this issue.

pedroia55
June 26th 2011



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Whenever this argument comes up, I think of Band of Horses. The horses would be the members and the band would be the singular group that they're involved in. However, I always refer to a band as 'they' instead of 'it'.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 26th 2011



30882 Comments


How reliable is wiki answers?


Eh, fair call. I can link more on the subject if you want. It just happened to be the first thing google gave me




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