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
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
Evil Urges
Singles from Evil Urges
  1. "Touch Me I'm Going to Scream Pt. 2"
    Released: 2008
  2. "I'm Amazed"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club B[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Blender 4/5 stars[4]
Crawdaddy! favorable
"Drowned in Sound" 6/10 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (4.7/10.0)[8]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars
Spin 4.5/5 stars[10]

Evil Urges is the fifth studio album by My Morning Jacket. It was released by ATO Records on June 10, 2008.[11] 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.[12]

Writing and recording[edit]

Writing began in Colorado, while recording was done in Manhattan.[13] 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".[14] After looking into various options including Vancouver and San Francisco, the band eventually decided to record in New York.[14]

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.[15] Many of the songs were previewed at the 2008 South by Southwest music festival.[16]


My Morning Jacket played "I'm Amazed" and "Evil Urges" on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2008.[17] 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." [18]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed 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:


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


  • Rick Kwan, Colin Suzuki, Will Hensley, Kyle Mc Innis, Lowell Reynolds, Andy Taub


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Rolling Stone US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #4[19]
Spin US 40 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #16[20]
Paste (magazine) US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #16[21]
Blender (magazine) US 33 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #12[22]
WXPN Philadelphia US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #4[23]
WERS Boston US 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #10[24]
Q UK 50 Best Albums of the Year 2008 #4[25]


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