ARTIST: My Morning Jacket
TITLE: The Tennessee Fire
YEAR RELEASED: 1999
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably none, except MMJ freaks.
LINEUP: Jim James, Johnny Quaid, Two Tone Tommy, J Glenn
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Roots folk-rock-country amalgamation’s debut is drenched in reverb, so much so it makes it hard to hear the majesty of the songs.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Reverb, it’s a good thing in doses. What I really don’t like, personally, are records that are so reverb heavy that it makes it hard to listen to.
That’s the issue with this album for me. James was and is fond of reverb, and he even took to recording his vocals for this album in an empty grain silo. However, it’s just too much.
You can hear glimpses of what makes the band great and powerful in their harmonies. The songs are just as strong as the rest of the MMJ catalog. That reverb, though.
NOTES & MINUTAE: James and the rest of MMJ got together when they were in other bands performing at the same venue. James broke up his band and got together with the other three to form the band and make this album. This may seem odd, but it happens a lot.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: C+-: The songs are good and I hear the potential. I just can’t get around the production. That may be on me, but I stick with this grade. I’m exiling this.