Evil Urges

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Evil Urges
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Studio album by My Morning Jacket
Released June 7, 2008
Recorded Avatar Studios, New York City November 2007[1]
Genre Indie rock
Neo-psychedelia
Length 55:39
Label ATO (US/Canada)
Rough Trade (UK)
Spunk (Australia)
Producer Joe Chiccarelli and Jim James
My Morning Jacket chronology
At Dawn/Tennessee Fire Demos Package
(2007)
Evil Urges
(2008)
Circuital
(2011)
Singles from Evil Urges
  1. "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2"
    Released: 2008
  2. "I'm Amazed"
    Released: 2008

Evil Urges is the fifth studio album by My Morning Jacket. It was released by ATO Records on June 10, 2008.[2] The cover was by Gary Burden. The album was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, ultimately losing to Radiohead's In Rainbows.[3]

Writing and recording[edit]

Writing began in Colorado, while recording was done in Manhattan.[4] According to producer Joe Chiccarelli, the demos he was sent, which were "very groove-oriented with hints of old-fashioned R&B", suggested a more urban record than previous albums, and as such he recommended the band record in an urban environment that had some "life and vitality".[5] After looking into various options including Vancouver and San Francisco, the band eventually decided to record in New York.[5]

Singer and lead songwriter Jim James said that the band wanted to get away from "normal rock and roll sounds" and emulate more of the band's live sound.[6] Many of the songs were previewed at the 2008 South by Southwest music festival.[7]

Promotion[edit]

My Morning Jacket played "I'm Amazed" and "Evil Urges" on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2008.[8] At the Bonnaroo Music Festival in June 2008, the band played a near four hour set, playing all songs on the album except "Look at You" and "Remnants".

The season six premiere of The CW's teen drama One Tree Hill was titled "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream" and featured the songs "Highly Suspicious" and "Look at You." [9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 67/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[11]
The A.V. Club B[12]
Entertainment Weekly A[13]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[14]
Mojo 3/5 stars[15]
Pitchfork Media 4.7/10[16]
Q 3/5 stars[17]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[18]
Spin 4.5/5 stars[19]
Uncut 3/5 stars[20]

Evil Urges received mostly positive reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 67, based on 31 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[10]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Rolling Stone US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #4[21]
Spin US 40 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #16[22]
Paste (magazine) US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #16[23]
Blender (magazine) US 33 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #12[24]
WXPN Philadelphia US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #4[25]
WERS Boston US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #10[26]
Q UK 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #4[27]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jim James, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Evil Urges"   My Morning Jacket 5:14
2. "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 1"     3:51
3. "Highly Suspicious"     3:07
4. "I'm Amazed"     4:35
5. "Thank You Too!"     4:29
6. "Sec Walkin"     3:37
7. "Two Halves"     2:36
8. "Librarian"     4:18
9. "Look at You"     3:30
10. "Aluminum Park"     3:58
11. "Remnants"     3:04
12. "Smokin from Shootin"     5:07
13. "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2"     8:14
14. "Good Intentions"     0:06
Total length:
55:39

Personnel[edit]

My Morning Jacket
  • Jim James - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, Omnichord
  • Tom "Two Tone Tommy" Blakenship - bass
  • Patrick Hallahan - drums, percussion
  • Carl Broemel - guitars, vocals, pedal steel, lap steel
  • Bo Koster - keyboards, programming, vocals, piano, synthesizers, organ, Rhodes, percussion
Additional personnel
  • Jim James, Joe Chiccarelli - production
  • Michael Brauer - mixing
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering
  • Artie Smith - drum tech
  • David Campbell - string arrangements
Assistance
  • Rick Kwan, Colin Suzuki, Will Hensley, Kyle Mc Innis, Lowell Reynolds, Andy Taub

References[edit]

  1. ^ May 2008 Issue of Spin, contains interview and new information on Evil Urges.
  2. ^ Pitchfork: My Morning Jacket Reveal Album Title
  3. ^ "Exploring The Alternative Field Nominees". Grammy.com. Retrieved July 2, 2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ Video Preview: My Morning Jacket On 'Evil Urges'
  5. ^ a b "Interview with Joe Chiccarelli". HitQuarters. 14 June 2010. Retrieved Aug 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ Rolling Stone 1050, 2008-04-17, p. 30
  7. ^ My Morning Jacket's performance at South by Southwest 2008
  8. ^ Saturday Night Live: Shia Labeouf/My Morning Jacket - TV.com
  9. ^ TV.com Episode Summary
  10. ^ a b "Reviews for Evil Urges by My Morning Jacket". Metacritic. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ Leahey, Andrew. "Evil Urges – My Morning Jacket". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  12. ^ Petrusich, Amanda (June 9, 2008). "My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  13. ^ Pastorek, Whitney (May 30, 2008). "Evil Urges". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  14. ^ Simpson, Dave (June 6, 2008). "My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges". The Guardian. London. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  15. ^ "My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges". Mojo (176): 108. July 2008. 
  16. ^ Harvey, Eric (June 9, 2008). "My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  17. ^ "My Morning Jacket: Evil Urges". Q (264): 108. July 2008. 
  18. ^ Hermes, Will (June 12, 2008). "Evil Urges". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  19. ^ Zimmerman, Shannon (June 2008). "Free as a Bird". Spin. 24 (6): 103. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  20. ^ Richards, Sam (June 5, 2008). "My Morning Jacket – Evil Urges". Uncut. Retrieved April 9, 2016. 
  21. ^ "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  22. ^ [1] Archived December 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ "Signs of Life 2008: Best Music". Paste. Retrieved July 2, 2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  24. ^ Winistorfer, Andrew. "Blender's Top 33 albums of 2008". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved July 2, 2015. 
  25. ^ xpn.org
  26. ^ WERS.org
  27. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2008". Q. January 2009: 82. 

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