Song of the Day #3,643: ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ – My Morning Jacket

Good news for those of you waiting with bated breath for the results of my ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ poll — today a victor will be crowned!

You’ll also get to (or be forced to, depending on your perspective) hear one more rendition of the song. This one is by My Morning Jacket, from The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver, an album of covers released in 2013.

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Song of the Day #3,047: ‘Knot Comes Loose’ – My Morning Jacket

my_morning_jacket_z‘Knot Comes Loose’ is the penultimate track on My Morning Jacket’s acclaimed 2005 album, Z. I first jumped on the MMJ bandwagon with the release of 2008’s Evil Urges and later bought Z to catch up on the band’s catalog.

This album didn’t grab me right away and, though I have bought a couple of My Morning Jacket releases in recent years, I abandoned any possibility of going all fanboy over them.

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Song of the Day #2,538: ‘Hillside Song’ – My Morning Jacket

my_morning_jacket_waterfallI’m catching up with a few new releases this week. I’ve bought nine albums in 2015 and posted songs from six of them, so here come the remaining three.

Unfortunately, the trend so far this year is disappointment, or at least new albums that don’t live up to their predecessors.

That’s certainly the case with My Morning Jacket’s Thee Waterfall, the band’s first album since 2011.

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Song of the Day #1,562: ‘Gideon’ – My Morning Jacket

I discovered My Morning Jacket after the release of 2008’s Evil Urges, a masterful collection of southern-fried funk and psychedelia that simply blew me away.

A lot of fans were apparently turned off by Evil Urges, expecting something closer to what the band delivered on 2005’s Z, their critical and commercial breakthrough.

I bought Z, figuring if I loved their new “disappointing” release I’d certainly love what fans considered their best work.

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Song of the Day #1,134: ‘Victory Dance’ – My Morning Jacket

I love their albums, but I have no desire to see My Morning Jacket live. Everybody talks about what a great live band they are but based on clips I’ve seen, that means they jam a lot. And I hate jam bands.

But calling My Morning Jacket a jam band, or a great live act, sells them short. Based on 2008’s Evil Urges and their newest release, Circuital, this group is something I value much more — a great studio act.

I’m not familiar with the band’s pre-2008 work, but these last two albums take listeners on a journey the way great albums can. I don’t subscribe to the critical consensus that MMJ is the second coming, but they are pushing boundaries in exciting ways and I’m fully on board.

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