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Evil Urges

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Evil Urges
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Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 1
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Highly Suspicious
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I'm Amazed
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Thank You Too!
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Sec Walkin
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Two Halves
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Librarian
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Look At You
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Aluminum Park
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Remnants
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Smokin from Shootin
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Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2
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Good Intentions
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06.09.08
MMJ sing the body ecstatic.
2008 | Label: ATO Records

The two tracks that bookend My Morning Jacket's fifth album attest to that centuries-old Christian body/soul divide that sits at the root of good church folk like Jim James and his cohorts. On the one hand, there's “Evil Urges,” the other, “Good Intentions,” and MMJ know as well as anybody that hell is paved with both of them — meaning the middle path is best. If anything, My Morning Jacket strike a precarious balance on… read more »

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Puhlease...

jennysutton

come out with new tracks soon!!!! This one and all the others are fabulous!!! Fans will love it.

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All over the place... in a good way

clubbaker

MMJ comes though with an eclectic mix that defies classification. Although this may be a mess for some bands, MMJ may this work for people like me with musical ADHD.

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Some really great songs...

thelastleaf

...wrapped inside a lot of wierdness. But the great overcomes the wierd, at least sometimes.

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Librarian

Michaelt987

Great CD, but if you want one song that you can't stop listening to and never get tired of ... download Librarian. This is a perfect song. If you don't love this song there is something wrong with you!

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You can't go back..

ChrisJo

Oh well, I miss My Morning Jacket. Listening to Tennessee Fire, At Dawn and It Still Moves still gives me icy shivers - but it's all gone now. I don't know what happened back in '04, but when Quaid and Cash left the band they took it's soul with them. Ever since then James has been searching, but he can't seem to get it back. Unfortunately his quest for what he once was has taken him to some pretty grim places - they're called Z and Evil Urges.

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Game Winner

GKH

After all of the hype and hoopla, I'd never been won over by MMJ. Z and earlier stuff just didn't do it for me. With Evil Urges, the band breaks all the rules - not quite southern rock, not quite a jam band, this is no boundaries experimentalism and somehow it works. Disjointed? Over-reaching? Both are possibilities, but the band does it with a joy and aplomb that I can't resist. Keep the Neil Young-isms and give me the stomp of and soul of "Highly Suspicious", the boogie of "Aluminum Park" and the sway of "I'm Amazed" I'm sold. This is the album that cemented me as a fan

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Too much novelty

Subito

Wish there was less novelty, fewer cliches and more creativity put toward the right places. Still not a huge fan.

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Been trying to give it a chance

ToddD

But it's not hitting me. I haven't liked it that much at first and it still hasn't really grown on me. Great musicianship and execution but it the end it fell pretty flat for me. maybe I should see them live, that might change my mind.

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What's there left to say about this album?

KrustyMonkey

Great overall album. I enjoy it. MMJ is played non-stop on the radio now so it doesn't feel "special" to me anymore, but it's still good stuff. If you are new to MMJ, jump in, you won't be sorry.

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Took a little while, but....

jeff_g04

I've come to love me the Evil Urges. Some of the tracks were a little hard to embrace, but I've come around. As an album, it stands up pretty darn well. You have to admire the risk-taking. Where would we be if artists didn't take risks?

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For those who weren’t convinced by Z’s left-hand turns, Evil Urges cements My Morning Jacket’s transformation from grizzled, reverb-drenched classic rockers to experimental, genre-bending innovators. There’s always been a slight disconnect between the band’s image and sound; frontman Jim James once howled his melodies behind curtains of long hair while lashing at his Flying V guitar, looking like a Metallica roadie while sounding like Neil Young in an echo chamber. But 2008′s Evil Urges — with its diversions into funk and prog, its falsetto vocals, its eclecticism — is a different animal entirely, perhaps the furthest My Morning Jacket have ever sounded from the Southern psychedelia that launched them ten years prior. The bandmates look different, too, having trimmed their bushy beards and unruly hair for the photos that grace the album sleeve. Physical appearances may have little to do with this group’s sound, but the clean-shaven look further challenges the world’s perception of My Morning Jacket, a band that was once lumped into the same down ‘n’ dirty rock bin as the Drive-By Truckers and Kings of Leon. The members of My Morning Jacket now want to occupy their own orbit, and Evil Urges is as spacy as it gets.
“Evil Urges,” “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream, Pt. 1,” and “Highly Suspicious” comprise the opening lineup, which jumpstarts the album with 13 minutes of sexy, tripped-out electro-funk. James slips into a falsetto during the title track, his voice clear and reverb-free as he coos in a bedroom whisper. “Touch Me” bubbles with interstellar keyboard effects and harmonies — for the stoner contingent of MMJ’s audience, this is the logical place to fire up the bong — while “Highly Suspicious” delivers the album’s biggest shocker, mixing James’ best Prince impression with bizarre lyrics (“Tapping your lines, peanut butter pudding surprise!”) and bursts of laugher. It’s the kind of polarizing song that fans will either love or loathe, and given its prominent spot in the track list — batting third, a spot usually reserved for heavy-hitters — it’s obviously meant to elicit a strong reaction. But that seems to be the crux of Evil Urges; after years of being shoehorned into various genres, My Morning Jacket have put their collective foot down, insisting that they’re not a neo-psychedelic outfit, an alt-country group, a jam band, or the contemporary torchbearers of Southern rock & roll. They’re none of those things — or perhaps they’re all of those things, as Evil Urges offers the widest swath of musical fare in the My Morning Jacket catalog. There’s rock & roll (“Aluminum Park,” “I’m Amazed”), country (“Sec Walkin’”), rootsy pop nuggets (“Two Halves”), ballads about sexy bookworms (“Librarian”), and the aforementioned trips into Funkytown. “Touch Me I’m Going to Scream, Pt. 2″ concludes the album with eight minutes of kaleidoscopic sound, and Evil Urges ultimately ends the same way it began — with a willingness to explore, to challenge, to poke and prod at My Morning Jacket’s past work while creating something new. – Andrew Leahey

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