Monday, August 15, 2011
MY MORNING JACKET - CIRCUITAL - MY TAKE
Sometimes they strike me as musical health food though: I know it's good for me to listen to them, but I don't really enjoy it. I'm starting to realize that they are a great band, and are a taste you develop. Also, they're not the kind of band you're always in the mood for.
That said, "Victory Dance," which leads off their new album, Circuital, is a perfect song for a sundown. The other day, I ran six miles. When I finished and walked a bit to cool down, the sun was actually setting and I put this song in. Perfect. I don't smoke, but people who run know the sort of high after you finish a long run, and experiencing that, a beautiful sunset and "Victory Dance' was an incredible combination.
The other song on the album that really stands out to me is "Holdin' On To Black Metal." With a choir of young girls and a horn section, it's not very black metal. It's not very metal at all! But it is a great tune. It's funny to me that a hippie indie band would sing a song about black metal. I wonder how many non-indie rock bands would sing songs about indie rock. I'm OK with it though: it doesn't sound like they are mocking metal.
Anyway, I'll recommend the album, but only if you have time to listen to the record a few times to absorb it. As I mentioned, I respect the band (I also named frontman Jim James one of the best artists of the '00s) and they are at least worth checking out.