My Morning Jacket: Circuital
Rolling Stone: "The Day Is Coming" is space rock with a soul heartbeat, somewhere between the Delfonics and the Flaming Lips. All this warm, elegiac music fits lyrics that marinate in Zen tranquility -- "I will never grow older/At least not in my mind," James sings on "Wonderful (The Way I Feel)."
Spin: Circuital resets the band's compass. Recorded with producer Tucker Martine (the Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens) in a church gym in Louisville, it's a get-back move, but not of the grasping, lost-nerve/empty-tank variety.
A.V. Club: Still, the four songs in the middle of Circuital sound the most vital: the kooky, bubblegum-y "Outta My System," the girl-group/Italian-cinema-soundtrack mash-up "Holdin' On To Black Metal," the fuzzy, funky "First Light," and the trippy carnival ride "You Wanna Freak Out."
Pitchfork: Like nearly all of their studio albums, Circuital may not reach the heights of the band's live show -- a good MMJ concert can recalibrate your gut, it can change you -- but it's a remarkably solid step for a band that's never stopped evolving.
Circuital is out now via ATO.
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