Best My Morning Jacket Albums
updated 5 days ago
My Morning Jacket is a hard band to define. Most often slotted into Alt Rock, Indie, Alt Country, and Psychedelic silos, in truth, they're just themselves. They build their own sound on a litany of influences, from Neil Young to Prince, from The Band to Roy Orbison..from Bob Marley, to Kermit the Frog. Its all in there (and much much more) if you listen closely enough. If you're just getting exposed to My Morning Jacket, use this list as a guide on where to start.
Understand, ALL of these albums are great. The wonderful thing about MMJ is that their music is so diverse, each record is a journey of its own. Many will break their career into two arcs, pre and post 'Z'.
Early MMJ was defined by the haunting, heavily reverb laden vocals produced by Jim James singing in corn silos. The music was much more 'alt country/americana/roots/folk' rock, although, they still knew how to throw down. (See any early MMJ concert if you doubt that). With 'Z' and every album since, the band has entered a more exploratory phase, with James' wandering exploration of himself and both his and the band's sound meandering on each album, even track at times. Although it hints were there in the early work, modern MMJ can bounce much more frequently into R&B/Soul, Funk, Psychedelic, and even pop sounds.
The results have produced perhaps one of the most diverse discology's in modern rock. The benefit for fans is that when they take the dive into My Morning Jacket, (wonderful) suprises abound at every corner, every new listen. Perhaps even better, it helps to make their legendary live shows such an event, with a wide variety of styles to choose from, even if it usually always ends with the epic 'One Big Holiday' from 'It Still Moves'.
Enjoy the list below. The good thing is there is no 'right' answer, and this list could change on a given day or mood, but it is a good starting point for new fans of the band.