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My Morning Jacket

By the time My Morning Jacket dropped the reverb-laden Southern art-rock classic Z in late 2005, they'd reached the point where Rolling Stone could safely proclaim them America's answer to Radiohead. But for many longtime fans, the quintessential MMJ experience will always be the live show, which explains their latest effort, Okonokos, a double live album that finds the band stretching out in epic jams that make even the longer, more Allman-esque jams on Z seem like a passing reference to the possibility of maybe jamming later. And it still sounds every bit as otherworldly as Z, with Jim James' ghostly vocals bathed in so much reverb that if you put on a disc of Lee "Scratch" Perry dubs after it, the Perry stuff might seem a little dry.
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Ed Masley