Z

Album Review of Z by My Morning Jacket.

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Z

My Morning Jacket

Z by My Morning Jacket

Release Date: Oct 4, 2005
Record label: ATO
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

90 Music Critic Score
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Z - Excellent, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 90
Based on rating 9/10
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In 2004, a dreamy cover of "Rocket Man" concluded My Morning Jacket's first volume of rarities. Which was prescient, because it's Elton John that Jim James' songs for 2005's Z first bring to mind. From the wistful recollection of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" to Honky Chateau's melodic and genre explorations, John's ability to mesh styles and take detours within his sturdy pop songwriting applies to James here, particularly in the expansive opener, "Wordless Chorus," or the initial happy-go-lucky lilt of "Off the Record." Z is My Morning Jacket's fourth full-length (and second for ATO), and it's the one that might finally jump-start the reaction that James' music has always deserved.

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