My Morning Jacket, My Morning Jacket Live at 9:30 Club 08/16/2002

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Early MMJ captures the group in its formative years — and comes complete with Elvis cover!

Kentuckian Jim James, with assorted relatives and friends, works out on long, shambolic jams in his grandparents 'barn, in service to the Canuck daïmon that animates most neo-redneck rockers of a certain age: Neil Young. Former farm boy James, possessed of a high lonesome quaver and trigger-happy with the reverb, also produces music best experienced live, this disc presenting the embryonic stage of his Louisville quintet's "sheets of sound" process. Half-stepping as they do between soil verities and rock & roll glamour, My Morning Jacket seems on a mission to provide neo-classic Americana and digital spirituals for those of us who believe in "more barn!"