My Morning Jacket
It Still Moves
Here’s an American band I can get behind. Yeah, Louisville quintet My Morning Jacket is technically a jam band, one whose third album is built from six-minute-average album cuts arranged around a nine-minute centerpiece titled “I Will Sing You Songs.” But singer Jim James has the plaintive wail of the Band’s Richard Manuel down pat, and Jacket’s out-of-time sonic constructs evoke everything from the Allman Brothers’ more countrified (read: Dickie Betts) jamming to the Band to such present-day 1970s revivalists as the Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and Grandaddy. The music (like the haunting “Rollin Back”) tends to lull the listener; the sensation is like falling asleep in a fishing boat on foggy Delta waters. And it gets better with each listen, too. Marvelous.