'Evil Urges' from My Morning Jacket

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Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Evil Urges, the new album by the Kentucky indie-rock band My Morning Jacket. The band moves away from their Southern influences, instead using Manhattan as their muse for the album.

SXSW 2008: My Morning Jacket

A warm swell fills the room when My Morning Jacket takes the stage, but there's also unmistakable energy. The band's roots lie in distinctly American music forms (country, folk, classic rock), all wrapped in reverb and Jim James' soaring voice. Hear a concert recorded live at the Austin Music Hall in Austin, Tex., complete with eight songs from My Morning Jacket's new album, Evil Urges.

Formed in the late '90s, My Morning Jacket attracted cult popularity with its first releases, including The Tennessee Fire and At Dawn. At the time, the band was frequently lumped in under the "alt-country" label (alongside Whiskeytown, Lambchop, Old 97's, and countless others), but following the trajectory of It Still Moves and Z, My Morning Jacket has grown into a rock act with epic ambitions.

In addition to performing with full-size symphony orchestras — not to mention James' appearance in the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There — My Morning Jacket will release Evil Urges in June.

Hear the other bands from this concert: Yo La Tengo, The Whigs.

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Evil Urges
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My Morning Jacket
Label
Red
Released
2008

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