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Yim Yames: Gorgeous George Harrison

Yim Yames: Gorgeous George Harrison

Long, Long, Long

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For all its epic, echo-drenched beauty, the music of My Morning Jacket sometimes feels remote: Singer Jim James knows his way around soaringly dramatic rock, but he doesn't always work his way through the bloodstream connecting the ears and the heart. But on his recent Tribute To EP, he traverses that path with ease, thanks in large part to a worthy muse: George Harrison.

Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "Long Long Long"
  • Artist: Yim Yames
  • CD: Tribute To
  • Genre: Pop

In a cover of George Harrison's "Long Long Long," My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (a.k.a. Yim Yames) shines a spotlight on his own lovely voice. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In a cover of George Harrison's "Long Long Long," My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James (a.k.a. Yim Yames) shines a spotlight on his own lovely voice.

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Tribute To finds James (recording here under the not-so-mysterious pseudonym "Yim Yames") tackling six of the late Beatle's songs, including classic staples such as "My Sweet Lord" and "All Things Must Pass." In his extraordinary album-opener, "Long Long Long," James' gorgeous, ringing voice seems to stretch out for days. Accompanying himself with an acoustic guitar and some choice vocal harmonies, he sounds reverent in every sense of the word. Given how hard it is to pin James down — and how prone he is to flights of fancy — it's no surprise that a dose of unmistakable grace serves him well.

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Album
Tribute To [EP]
Artist
Yim Yames
Label
ATO
Released
2009

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