Imagine going on a road trip and searching for the perfect accompanying soundtrack.
Imagine going on a road trip and searching for the perfect accompanying soundtrack. Popping in My Morning Jacket's "It Still Moves" would be a fine choice. The album combines classic rock, alt-country and pop into an endearing rustic Americana journey. Sounding like a younger Neil Young, frontman Jim James wistfully turns drinking and pool games into contemplations on life. "Golden" finds him claiming that though "talk is often cheap in bars," he is fond of "the way they make the time just disappear." Instrumentation is engagingly eclectic. "Dancefloors" winds down after about four minutes but then kicks back in with a rousing minute-and-a-half of piano, horns, guitars and drums. Some of the slower tracks play too softly to make a musical dent. But on the whole, the album makes for an adventurous listen.—SA