My Morning Jacket
It Still Moves
What My Morning Jacket has to offer is quality. There is no disputing that. There is also no disputing that the group is lifting heavily from The Band and The Byrds’ twilight years. My Morning Jacket is the band that aging rock critics whose Pavement and Sebadoh albums languish in cobwebbed corners can pledge allegiance to and feel mature doing so. Reverb thickly envelopes singer Jim James’ every move—so much that one might suspect his actual speech relies on a reverb tank during coffee room conversations. It Still Moves, sodden with sappy C&W sentiments (“People always told me / that bars are dark and lonely”) proves that the best bet in the Space Country Rock sweepstakes is still L.A.’s Beachwood Sparks.