My Morning Jacket – At Dawn

ARTIST: My Morning Jacket At_dawn
TITLE: At Dawn
SINGLES: Just Because I Do
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Certianly if you went to a MMJ show or have the live record.
LINEUP: Jim James, Johnny Quaid, Two Tone Tommy, J. Glenn, Danny Cash
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: My Morning Jacket’s second album refines the sound, removes the massive reverb, and is full of MMJ nuggets.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: By ddding keyboardist Danny Cash and improving the production, the second album from MMJ better illustrates James’ songs, and they sound familiar to all of those who love the band.

At times, James can get a bit ponderous and the songs don’t quite move along as they should. He and the band are still learning when too long is too long. But tracks like “At Dawn”, “Lowdown” and “X-Mas Curtain” are prime James and My Morning Jacket. The guitars in the middle of “Honest Man’ are a great improvement from the first album as well.

Really, if you like this band, and you don’t have this, get it. Those who aren’t familiar may want to go to a later one, but this is pretty darn good.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: For some reason, this isn’t on Google Play, but it is on Spotify for those keeping score. (I noted that in the What’s Missing page earlier).

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The first editions of the CD and vinyl had a bonus CD of the demos for the record. Later they were released on their own along with the demos for Tennessee Fire.

GRADE: A-: You know what you’re getting if you are a MMJ fan.


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