Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Regions of Light and Sound of God

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Regions of Light and Sound of God

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Jim James (ATO Records, 2013)


Kentucky rock outfit My Morning Jacket made its name in the early 2000s off its signature brew of country and psychedelic rock drenched in reverb. Yet the band has displayed a more eclectic range of influences in recent years, including elements of R&B, reggae, and electronica.

Given the band's ever-changing sound, one could be excused for missing the spiritual themes that front man Jim James has explored on recent records, now most explicitly with his first full-length solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God.

On the opening track, "State of the Art," a haunting piano riff and escalating rhythm and bass section (James played all the instruments on Regions) accompany a gentle plea for freedom from the hollow promises of technology: "A life worth living/now you can feel it in your chest."

Redemption also appears on the album's most memorable cut, "A New Life," which sounds like a tribute to a 1950s Roy Orbison. …

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