My Morning Jacket’s angel-voiced frontman Jim James is getting angry about the way our news is delivered. His third solo album, Blanket Distortion explores ways in which we can escape the fuzziness that’s dividing the world and get back to appreciating the simpler things in life. Clear vinyl LP and CD on ATO Records.
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8/10 One of the guys from Rizzle Kicks (Whoever they are) Customer review, 6th July 2018
From the reviews I read, this got a fairly mixed reception so I was not expecting too much. It turns out I really like it. The whole thing is rough and ready with a fug of what I can only describe as Uniform Distortion over it, but that suits it, a bit like Neil Young's Mirror Ball in that respect. It has an un-cliched classic rock feel (if there is such a thing) and the the riff of opening track, Just A Fool, fills me with joy. Next up, You Get To Rome has a riff that whiffs a little of plagiarism, but the song still has a pleasing visceral and cathartic rock feel. On Out Of Time he sounds like he's been at the wacky baccy and after about 40 seconds it begins to sound like one of Eric Gaffney's Sebadoh experiments. Throwback is one of the standout tracks, sounding like his band My Morning Jacket at their best. A blissful and spacious vocal that sounds like he's singing to the whole world. No Secrets is Zuma-era Neil Young, so much so that if it was on Zuma you probably wouldn't realise it wasn't Neil Young. Yes To Everything sounds like it was recorded in the same session as Out Of Time but much later on, if you get my drift. He breaks out the Neil Young guitar work again on All In Your head, which is followed by the soul stomper, Better Late Than Never. Over and Over sounds a bit like Teenage Fanclub covering Buddy Holly and closing track, Too Good To Be True has a restrained gospel feel. A good album that will definitely appeal to My Morning Jacket fans and fans of Neil Young's Mid '70s output.
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