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Circuital

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Victory Dance
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Circuital
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The Day Is Coming
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Wonderful (The Way I Feel)
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Outta My System
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Holdin on to Black Metal
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First Light
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You Wanna Freak Out
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Slow Slow Tune
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Movin Away
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 45:07

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Andy Beta has written about music and comedy for the Wall Street Journal, the disco revival for the Village Voice, animatronic bands for SPIN, Thai pop for the

05.27.11
The demons have been exorcised
2011 | Label: ATO Records

On Circuital's pedal steel-laced fifth track "Outta My System," our narrator, as played by Jim James, laundry-lists the bad ideas he's indulged, from smoking drugs to stealing cars, and is relieved after the resulting prison stints to have gotten it "out of his system." Now he can enjoy the simpler pleasures of life, like marriage and domesticity.

Not to draw too close a comparison between subject and creator, but Jim James also seems to have gotten… read more »

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their best yet

bluechair

so far, the best work in 2011. mmj continues to push the limits. i don't really get the \"radiohead of america\" thing.....just that they have developed into one of the great american bands.

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Perfect Summer LP

JasonReeher

Having finally got the memo that he's not Prince (you might want to pass that one on to Kevin Barnes, now), Jim James and MMJ get down to business on Circuital. Although it's less political and in-your-face than Z, the sound here is reminiscent of that LP, plus early, darker EP work (think Chocolate and Ice). It's a relief for anyone who thought James may have been spreading himself too thin, since Circuital's best quality is the depth and knowing humor of the songwriting. A terrific, rewarding album.

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Perfect Summer LP

JasonReeher

Having finally gotten the memo that he's not Prince (you might want to pass that one on to Kevin Barnes, now), Jim James and MMJ get down to business on Circuital. Although it's less political and in-your-face than Z, the sound here is reminiscent of that LP, plus early, darker EP work (think Chocolate and Ice). It's a relief for anyone who thought James may have been spreading himself too thin, since Circuital's best quality is the depth and knowing humor of the songwriting. A terrific, rewarding album.

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The more I listen, the more I like

BassMatt

This album has grown on me, a little more each listen. I appreciate this band's apparent level of comfort with putting out an album devoid of a top 40 single (and by no means is this meant as an insult). There are so many great sonic moments on this album.

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Haunting and powerfu

Smalltownghosts

Circuital is much more straightforward than “Evil Urges”(great album), and a lot more like the MMJ of old - especially when compared to “Z” (another great album). The recording is big, live and a bit muddy – a sound you’d expect from our generations best touring act. for a longer review, visit www.yarnly.com for more

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Great LP... buy it elsewhere Seriously WTF!

Art4arts8k

Great LP love the band... However, where it matters most eMusic Download Mgr: SUCKS.. IT REALLY DOES SUCK. Every download is too f*cking frustrating... makes me embarrassed to tell anybody where I got my music. So I don't anymore. HEY EMUSIC! PLEASE fix the problems with your P.O.S. "Download Mgr." Downloads to where is what I need to know.

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no no like it

jbeauprez

I do not not not understand all the positive reaction this album is getting. Such a massive disappointment and I'm a massive massive MMJ fan for years and years. Sounds like they mailed it in on this one.

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They just keep raising the bar...

2perishable

I love these guys and they just keep getting better. It is artful and accessible at the same time. Keep bringing it Yim.

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Disappointed

cmmII

I love this band, but this is not a good album. Most of the songs are lackluster, while a few are horrible (black metal - what were they thinking?). The final two songs are good, particularly Movin Away, which has a nice George Harrison influence.

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On 2008’s Evil Urges, My Morning Jacket pushed their music to the breaking point. What was supposed to be a musical melting pot — with funk, Southern rock, country, and neo-psychedelia all mixed in — wound up coalescing like a mixed plate of genuine hits (“I’m Amazed”) and overcooked duds (“Highly Suspicious”). The album marked a creative milestone for My Morning Jacket, but it also hinted at their inability to reign themselves in, to realize their limits and tailor their experiments accordingly. The guys hit the reset button on Circuital, which sounds like Evil Urges’ older, (slightly) wiser brother. This isn’t a conventional rock album by any means, and My Morning Jacket rarely waste an opportunity to dive down the creative rabbit hole and see what exists on the other side. ‘70s rock epics, trippy pop waltzes, piano ballads, Motown metal fusions, and orchestral folk songs are what they come up with, and the album rarely explores the same sound twice, bouncing between amalgamated genres with purpose and a sly grin. There’s humor here, of course — “Holdin’ on the Black Metal” combines a children’s choir with funky brass and fuzztone guitars, and Jim James hums the victorious horn riff in “Victory Dance” like he’s doing an impression of “The Final Countdown” — but there’s no talk of “peanut butter pudding surprise,” and most of the jokes hit their mark. My Morning Jacket are clearly having fun, and they’re learning how to be “out there” without being outlandish. – Andrew Leahey

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