My Morning Jacket: Has My Morning Jacket come full circle? The title of its latest album would suggest as much. The band has certainly come quite a long way in just over a decade, but it's not as if Circuital is a return to the lo-fi form of the Louisville outfit's quiet 1999 debut on the tiny indie Darla. If we take Jim James at his word on the album's title track, Circuital goes back much further: "I'm older, day by day/But still going back to my childhood way." My Morning Jacket's sixth studio album is as huge and openhearted as fans have come to expect the group to be, yet its recent eccentricities have been dialed down a bit. In their place is in many ways the band's most mature album, in which James pauses to take stock of his life to this point -- both as a rock star and well before.
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