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My Morning Jacket – The Tennessee Fire

Wiki: The Tennessee Fire is the debut album by the rock band My Morning Jacket. It introduced the reverb-heavy sound that is characteristic of the band’s earlier material. This is most apparent in Jim James’ vocals, many of which were recorded in an empty grain silo in Kentucky.

I’d heard around the blogs that this might be a band I should look into, so when I found this one I snapped it up. Loved it immediately. It has an open, raw feel that just pulled me in and held me there… It sounded like a demo tape, and for that I love it unreservedly. I can only imagine how beautiful this would sound on LP… Sweet!


Also: I found this on the Amazons: My Morning Jacket combines classic Country elements with the melancholy vibes of Harvest and After the Gold Rush era Neil Young, Pet Sounds era Beach Boys, and the immortal vocal stylings of the Righteous Brothers. These boys sing harmony like nobody’s business. My Morning Jacket don’t know much about the “indie” world and of what they do know, they couldn’t care less. When we first queried James about Louisville music history he lit up, “Slint 7/8s timing bullshit. I’m talking about writing a fuckin’ song!”. The Eagles and Simon and Garfunkel were who James claimed were in heavy rotation and absorption at his residence. The closest they come in comparison to the modern guitar sound is with the languid, pre-slow-core aural heroin of on Fire era Galaxie 500. MY MORNING JACKET are not another interesting but pretentious, posturing, or campy alt-country derivation. There ain’t nothin’ trendy about ’em. They’re the real deal.

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