Review by Nick Argyriou.
JIM JAMES – ETERNALLY EVEN (EMI)
For the most part of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James’ second solo record he retains a breezy, psych-folk and soul thread as he lumbers wistfully through a misty field of political, social and humanity-based matters. And a few years on since James’ 2013 debut Regions of Light and Sound of God, his songwriting is again at another level.
On the anti-Trump ode ‘Same Old Lie’ he delivers: “It’s the same old lie you been readin’ ‘bout/Bleedin’ out, now who’s getting cheated out?/You best believe it’s the silent majority/If you don’t vote it’s on you not me/It’s the same old lie, told from the dawn of time” . Like many/almost all notable US artists, his disdain for the now President is clear throughout the record, calling on his fellow citizens to “get out and vote to make a difference”. Well, it almost worked.
There’s a Leonard Cohen vibe that’s constant over the course of the record also which is particularly strong on ‘We Ain’t Getting Any Younger Pt. 2’, plus a stream of consciousness on the whole that positions Eternally Even as a concept piece with song themes and musical nuance segueing oh so deftly.
‘True Nature’ is a soul rumble with New Orleans saxophonist Charlie Gabriel duelling with James’ jazzy guitar – it’s all brooding with mysticism and transcendentalism as Jim Keltner leads a gang of four other drummer/percussionists who perform on the LP.
A blend of programming, fuzz, synths, funk, organs and the shadowy James vocal combine resplendently on ’In The Moment’; a track that straddles a wonderfully bizarre mix of The Doors and Stevie Wonder with a splash of Miles Davis – the Jim James love affair with soul/jazz music continuing to living large.