My Morning Jacket: Home Again On its new album, the band largely puts aside its past experiments with reggae, funk and metal, opting instead for a more focused and consistent Southern rock sound.
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MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

Critic Tom Moon says the band's new album, "Circuital," finds them experimenting less but finding their voice in the process.

TOM MOON: There's a new My Morning Jacket song that'll probably make aging rockers smile. It's called "Outta My System."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OUTTA MY SYSTEM")

MY MORNING JACKET: (Singing) They told me not to smoke drugs, but I wouldn't listen, never thought I'd get caught and wind up in prison. Chalk it up to youth, (unintelligible). I guess I just had to get it out of my system, out of my system.

MOON: That's songwriter Jim James singing, with great Buddha warmth, about aging out of the Friday night indulgences of youth.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "OUTTA MY SYSTEM")

MORNING JACKET: (Singing) Oh, no, and I'd never do it now. I know what I ain't missing, that I went and got it all out of my system.

MOON: The experiments have provided the band with interesting dimension, but they've also made for some uneven albums. Now, having gotten some of that wandering out of his system, he's focused his writing. Most of this album offers disarmingly graceful melodies framed by thundering rock chords.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MORNING JACKET: (Singing) Bang, bang, on the door. You open not knowing what for. (Unintelligible)

MOON: Some early reviews have compared the songs to those on the classic "Who's Next" by The Who.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MORNING JACKET: (Singing) Should I close my eyes (unintelligible).

MOON: So he recorded everything, including most of James' lead vocals, all at once. In the lifespan of most great rock bands, there's often a moment where the influences fade away and true originality emerges. It feels like that's what's happening with My Morning Jacket right now.

NORRIS: Sometimes a band really has to go and get its yayas out to discover who it really is.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

NORRIS: Our critic is Tom Moon. He was reviewing the new album from My Morning Jacket called "Circuital." You can hear the entire album at npr.org.

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