Jim James – Eternally Even

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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.

 

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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