Jim James is commanding. A mountain man with a mountainous mane and a rich, resonant yodel-throated mineshaft of a singing voice. He dawned a coat as a cape/cloak, and headbanged with authority – a full upper torso headbang, a hurl from the waist.
Between James, drummer Patrick Hallahan, and guitarist Carl Broemel, there are pastures and pastures of hair. A high point was the snare punctuated, thought-locomotive, “It Beats 4 U.” James refrained, “Words will come and words will go / Don’t you know my heart, it beats for you, sooooooo, in time.” The song concluded with a guitar loop panning from speaker to speaker, then dissolved into transition. The band quickdreamed, waking up in the meter of the next song “Anytime” as it began.
MMJ’s stamina impressed. They don’t just jump around for the first couple songs, they jump around the entire set. Broemel broke out a sax and blew tasteful distance and drone. I debated whether or not My Morning Jacket are a jam band, but I don’t think they are. My Morning Jacket is a rock band that can jam. And speaking of which, the Skynyrd-esque, Flying V, three-guitar finale (additional guitarist onstage) put out a foot stomped fire. The brawny, cyclical, Skynyrd-type guitar pounding that My Morning Jacket does so well. We all need Skynyrd-type guitar pounding from time to time.
ROLLIN BACK INTRO
WAY HE SINGS
OLD SEPT BLUES
OUTTA MY SYSTEM
TOUCH ME PT.2
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