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Z album cover
Wordless Chorus
It Beats 4 U
What a Wonderful Man
Off the Record
Into the Woods
Lay Low
Knot Comes Loose
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 46:58

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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

My Morning Jacket, Z
Label: ATO Records

A fecund, spacious haze seems to follow My Morning Jacket everywhere (and I don't mean that peculiar Bonnaroo smog either). Ever since their debut, the band has been deploying spring-reverb for all facets of their sound, from Jim James'yelp to the peculiar corners the band so skillfully carpenters. So while the echo is always evident on Z, with the help of new keyboardist Bo Koster My Morning Jacket now emphasize the “spring” of said equation,… read more »

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Best of MMJ


I first heard this great music in 2006 live as support of Pearl Jam in Verona. Now I own every record of them. "Z" is still their best, and one of my top-10 of all time.

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Not a bad one on the album


The thumping sounds of Wordless all the way to the wails of Dondante, this is outstanding. There are just a handful of bands that I like all the tracks on most of the albums and MMJ is one of them for me. Sorry, I can't imagine anyone not being a fan.

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Lush, Georgeous, brilliant.


This is a stellar album. They have range, they are symphonic at times & then they sneak up & blow your doors off with the sheer power & volume. Amazing.

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Not necessarily my style...


...but these guys are so good at what they do that it's still really good. MMJ knows how to drop the hammer.

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4 1/2 stars


solid, start to finish. You pretty much have to have it.

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The New South


My Morning Jacket is the musical embodiment of the new south, using southern root rock stylings in fresh creative ways. New takes on old tradition. Shrimp and Grits with a twist, or something like that... This is MMJ at their best.

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Wordless Chorus


Each MMJ album is great but each has a song that just blows me a way. 'Wordless Chorus' does it for me on 'Z'.

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Yim Yames


Jim James or as some people call him Yim Yames, is a genius

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It's still their best album. Just download it already.

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From funk-drone bass of Wordless Chorus to the Skynydesque jam of One Big Holiday to the contemplatively edgy crescendo of Dondante, Z is MMJ's strongest most creative effort >

eMusic Features


It’s An Indie Halloween!

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

Trick or Treat! This year for Halloween, we asked some of our favorite indie artists - among them Bon Iver, Superchunk and My Morning Jacket - to send us pictures of them in their Halloween costumes. The results are both charming and hilarious, the perfect way to get into the, er, "spirit" of things. My Morning Jacket as the Ghostbusters Superchunk as the Misfits Scott H. Biram as a luchador For more Indie Halloween pics, click here . more »

They Say All Music Guide

In 2004, a dreamy cover of “Rocket Man” concluded My Morning Jacket’s first volume of rarities. Which was prescient, because it’s Elton John that Jim James’ songs for 2005′s Z first bring to mind. From the wistful recollection of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to Honky Chateau’s melodic and genre explorations, John’s ability to mesh styles and take detours within his sturdy pop songwriting applies to James here, particularly in the expansive opener, “Wordless Chorus,” or the initial happy-go-lucky lilt of “Off the Record.” Z is My Morning Jacket’s fourth full-length (and second for ATO), and it’s the one that might finally jump-start the reaction that James’ music has always deserved. It Still Moves from 2003 rightly enjoyed its accolades, but it meandered a little structurally, too, and sometimes got a little lost in its own reverb. On Z, MMJ’s traditional influences are present — the folk, blues, and country tones of John, Neil Young, and the Band shaded by contemporaries like Mercury Rev and Mark Kozelek. But songs like “Lay Low” and “It Beats for You” are crafted tighter, their sound-drenched keyboard lines meeting the percussion head on and riding meaningful flourishes of electric guitar. “Gideon” climaxes in James calling out throatily over twinkling piano and big chords borrowed from the Who, and “What a Wonderful Man” is a raucous, crashing tumble of unhinged crash cymbals, barroom piano, and mirthful yelping. Z is intuitive, intensely creative, classicist-minded, nearly flawless. It’s music that’s extruded from Jim James’ id, and that’s bearded, too. – Johnny Loftus

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