Jim James

Uniform Distortion

2018

This album was released 20 weeks ago.

77% ±8% 16 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Just A Fool
2 You Get To Rome
3 Out Of Time
4 Throwback
5 No Secrets
6 Yes To Everything
7 No Use Waiting
8 All In Your Head
9 Better Late Than Never
10 Over And Over
11 Too Good To Be True
Rating Source
77% 4WIM Rating
90% Soundblab Inspired by a stated desire to find a way to take a step back from the overwhelming technology of the world today, and instead, ‘just focus on real life’, much of Uniform Distortion feels like a deliberate attempt to get back to basics, a move that clearly pays off.
90% God is in the TV Having met Jim James in Manchester on one solitary occasion, he came across as a rather serious, meditative type, though granted, all I did was shake his hand and say “Hi, I’m Loz“, so it’s quite feasible that he wondered what I was there for and why I’d even bothered to do so (I was only really waiting there while God Is In The TV’s ace lensman Paul Reno got the band to sign his album).
87% Consequence of Sound The second song, “You Get to Rome”, comes off as unimaginative and gets in the way of the innovative tracks that follow.
80% The Arts Desk He's helmed albums by Basia Bulat and Dean Wareham and, most recently, contributed to Laura Veirs' The Lookout.
80% Pop Matters Uniform Distortion is a brisk and nearly straightforward rock 'n' roll record that takes inspiration from Jim James finding a 1971 distorted photo of "The Illuminated Man" by Duane Michals.
80% The Guardian Better Late Than Never and Over and Over are melodious songs in which empires fall but people “drop the same bombs, build the same walls”.
80% Music OMH Perhaps even more than My Morning Jacket's earlier, less experimental albums, Uniform Distortion faithfully channels the spirit of stellar forebears like Lynyrd Skynyrd or Neil Young and Crazy Horse, with searing, ragged electric guitars immediately to the fore.
80% The Firenote This is James’ third solo album of original material, but he’s also offered up an album full of George Harrison covers, contributed to a Woody Guthrie tribute album titled “New Multitudes” with Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo), and participated in the New Basement Tapes project with Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and Rhiannon Giddens, which sought to turn some abandoned Bob Dylan lyrics from the 70’s when he was hanging out with the Band into new songs.
79% Paste Magazine Is it best to be a good soldier and contribute to the band’s well being, or better to bank on the future and gain all the capital you can?
70% The Line of Best Fit
70% Under the Radar Magazine On "Throwback," a song that's equally dedicated to lost love and James' own toxic experience with social media, it's the closest thing on the album to a new My Morning Jacket song.
70% Exclaim! Music On Uniform Distortion, My Morning Jacket singer Jim James digs into this modern separation across time and space, with a collection of retro jams shot through with the fuzz and anxiety of the present.
68% GIGsoup The title of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James’s third solo LP, ‘Uniform Distortion’, prepares you for what’s to come, though not necessarily in the way that it was intended.
67% Nöjesguiden My Morning Jackets gränser är sedan länge för snäva för Jim James experimentlusta, och det enda man kan vara säker på med hans frekventa soloutgåvor är att de kommer att vara spretiga, okonventionella och inte alltid helt allvarligt menade.
67% Gaffa (Sweden)
66% Earbuddy In MMJ his musical tastes evolved overtime from folk to alternative country to psychedelic rock to even R&B.