My Morning Jacket includes: Jim James (vocals, guitar).
Contains 14 tracks.
Personnel: Jim James (vocals, guitar).
Recording information: Above The Cadillac Studios, Shelbyville, KY; Ultrasuede; Waxworx Museum In My Basement.
Photographer: Pat H.
My Morning Jacket's second album, AT DAWN, builds on the twangy rock of THE TENNESSEE FIRE, while expanding the Kentucky band's sound in numerous directions. The opening title track eases into a dreamy refrain that recalls shoegazer groups of the 1990s, while the following track, "Lowdown," floats along on chiming guitars and a poppy '60s-inspired vibe. "Phone Went West" features an oddly fitting light reggae feel, which is completely contrasted by the fierce Sabbath-like guitar riffs on "Strangulation." Remaining true to the band's Southern roots, MMJ's down-home aesthetic is showcased on the extended blues jam "Honest Man" and Skynyrd-esque "Just Because I Do." Throughout the album and its many moods, the common thread is the distinctive, keening voice of frontman Jim James, as best featured on the gorgeously spare "Bermuda Highway." An accomplished and dynamic record, AT DAWN lays down the blueprint for My Morning Jacket's breakthrough album, IT STILL MOVES.