Label: ATO Records- Jim James
On his second solo album Jim James, the affable My Morning Jacket’s frontman, takes an unexpected left turn into both activism and ambient music. Droney, with stuttering rhythms like off-speed pitches, James has made the sort of album you’re more likely to hear in the elevator at the Ace Hotel than at Bonnaroo. Steeped in a kind of hipster soul, the musician tackles some of the fretful messages that rise from the ooze during an election year, something that he makes material on “Same Old Lie,” a modern day rewrite of The O ‘Jay’s “Back Stabbers” with a disembodied chorus of background singers that float behind the music like unruly ghosts. Eventually Even certainly turns any expectations you might have for this Americana stalwart right on its ear. And that’s not a bad thing.