‘Evil Urges’ Finds My Morning Jacket in a Very Odd Place

My Morning Jacket skittered away from their signature sound — epic, noodly jams, loads of reverb, easy-morning rebel ‘tude — on their last studio disc, Z, but Evil Urges is even more mind-bending, with Cookie Monster backup vocals, sixties girl-group vibes, and Jim James channeling Prince’s falsetto. The twists are awesome, but we still cuddle up to the James we once knew on slow-burner tracks like “Sec Walkin’”: “left leg, right leg / one leg at at a taaaaahme I keep on walkin’.”

Evil Urges

My Morning Jacket


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