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MY MORNING JACKET RETURN WITH THEIR NEW SELF TITLED LP

Updated: Aug 26, 2021



By LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN

@LonnPhillips


What a day August 24th was for My Morning Jacket fans...

It's been nearly a 2 year wait since their stop gap "peanut butter pandemic surprise" collection The Waterfall Pt.II was released back in Spring 2020....and before then, it's been 6 years since My Morning Jacket has put out a collection of new songs separate from those fruitful Stinson Beach sessions of 2013-14.

Well....that streak came to an end with the debut of new single and My Morning Jacket's opening track "Regularly Scheduled Programming".


Many have compared it to Pink Floyd's The Wall or Roger Waters' solo efforts, which sounds like a worthy comparison, yet the new single is replete with industrial guitars and keys alongside a bite of experimental dread.....a great new direction.

From what I've been told, this is as straightforward and as poppy as this record gets...

Told by one of the few people lucky enough to listen to the album in full, Jim also "took a lot of lyrical risks" on this upcoming record....and it's getting interesting by the word, innit???

Mostly recorded in fall 2019, after the band's triumphant "reunion" tour that August, these new songs not only point to the age old industry word "rebirth", but actually sets the stage for what could be MMJ's most satisfying, confounding and artistically triumphant album to date.


We were led to believe the record was nearly a double album length, filled with longer songs, jammier avenues, unnamed Floydian detours from their 3 hour shows now finding a home on vinyl......just one gander at the track list will go a long way in confirming this, grabbing Jacket fans by the face and say "lookieheeeeere!!"

Judging by the album cover's open arms embracing of kitschy, psychedelic art, it appears MMJ are dropping the hipster roles in which they'd been cast: Jim, Tom, Patrick, Bo and Carl are openly declaring their love for the hippie side of life.


The album is preaching peace, love and understanding from cover to cover, though there are moments where the heaviness of the guitar interplay between Jim and Carl melts amid the rhythm section's groove.....they told you it was a "live'r than the other records be" studio album....and it seems as if they've kept their promise.

Just look at that tracklisting and imagine what each song could be like....it's a fun game:


REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING (3:42)

IN COLOR

(7:20)

LEAST EXPECTED

(4:39)

NEVER IN THE REAL WORLD

(5:48)

THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS

(9:09)

LUCKY TO BE ALIVE

(4:24)

COMPLEX

(4:18)

OUT OF RANGE PT.2

(4:26)

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS

(4:47)

I NEVER COULD GET ENOUGH

(8:16)


With the band playing their first show of the 2021 tour at Charlotte's Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Friday, it will be MMJ's first time onstage in front of an audience in more than a year; since August 10th, 2019 at Forest Hills in Queens, New York, the longest show-less void during the band's entire career.


It will be an intriguing moment for MMJ and their scores of fans, with many teasing questions answered just ahead of their 3 hour slot at Bonnaroo:

A. Will they be slowing down? Cutting typical shows from 2 1/2 hours down to 2 or less?

B. Will they include most, if not ALL of their new songs in the set?

C. From 2012-2018, we witnessed MMJ become a furious live machine...will the finest aspects of those iconic tours fall to the wayside now, giving way for new blood to take over?

D. Will they stick to their older standards or abandon some in favor of their most neglected songs?


Ultimately, we will all be struck numb when they take the stage on August 27th....they will look older than they used to, weathered by 2020's intensity, clouded by uncertainty but enlightened by positivity, trying to re-light the old flame.....just like all of us...


JOIN US ON FRIDAY NIGHT FOR A RECAP OF THE BAND'S FIRST GIG IN 2 YEARS AND 17 DAYS!


By LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN

@LonnPhillips

Copyright 2021 Uninterrupted Writings Inc

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